The Epistle of the Apostles
By Julian V. Hills
Series: Early Christian Apocrypha, vol. 2
The first English translation of the Epistula Apostolorum directly from the original languages, together with:
- an extensive introduction that summarizes the document’s contents, locates the writing within the early battle between “Catholic” and “Gnostic” Christians, and examines the Epistle’s potential contribution to our understanding of the early church
- a side-by-side presentation of the Ethiopic and Coptic versions that allows easy comparison of the two
- detailed notes to the translation that bring out verbal and thematic connections between the Epistle and other religious and secular writings
- textual notes that explore possible reconstructions where the single Coptic manuscript is fragmentary and identify significant differences among the Ethiopic manuscripts
- an up-to-date bibliography for further study
- a comprehensive index of canonical, apocryphal, pseudepigraphical, classical, gnostic, and early church texts quoted and discussed
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.
Julian V. Hills (Th.D., Harvard University), specializes in New Testament studies, especially in the Gospel of John and the Johannine traditions in the first three centuries. His most recent published work has focused on non-canonical literature and its relation to the New Testament.