The Acts of Andrew
Dennis R. MacDonald
Julian V. Hills & Harry Attridge, editors
Series: Early Christian Apocrypha, vol. 1
Five major apocryphal Acts survive from the early period of the Christian church, the so-called Acts of Andrew, of Paul, Peter, John, and Thomas. In the canonical New Testament, the apostle Andrew, brother of Peter is mentioned only a dozen times. In the Acts of Andrew, his post-resurrection mission and heroic martyrdom are closely detailed in a series of acts or episodes. This study edition of The Acts of Andrew presents a fresh, new translation of the text with cross-references, notes, and commentary. An extensive introduction also sets out the challenge of recovering and reconstructing the original text.
The Early Christian Apocrypha series features fresh new translations of major apocryphal texts that survive from the early period of the Christian church. These non-canonical writings are crucial for determining the complex history of Christian origins. Each translation is accompanied by appendices, textual notes, translation notes, cross references and index. An extensive introduction also sets out the challenge of recovering and reconstructing the original text.
Dennis R. MacDonald is John Wesley Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Claremont School of Theology. A specialist in Christian apocryphal writings and the influence of classical Greek literature—especially the Homeric epics—on Jewish and Christian narratives, he is the author of several books, including Mythologizing Jesus: From Jewish Teacher to Epic Hero (2015).