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The Acts of Andrew and Matthias; The Acts of Peter and Andrew; The Acts of Andrew and Paul

J. K. Elliott

in The Apocryphal New Testament

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780198261827
Published online April 2009 |
The Acts of Andrew and Matthias; The Acts of Peter and Andrew; The Acts of Andrew and Paul

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The Acts of Andrew and Matthias among the Cannibals was at one time thought to have belonged to the original Acts of Andrew. This apocryphon survives in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Georgian, Ethiopic, Armenian, and Arabic. Gregory of Tours' epitome of the Acts of Andrew gives a short abstract of it in chs. 1 and 2, possibly because he found this apocryphon prefixed to his copy of the Acts of Andrew. Flamion, in his study of all the Andrew traditions, argued on several grounds that it was unlikely that the Acts of Andrew and Matthias belonged to the Acts of Andrew, and that is the view accepted by Prieur, although MacDonald has recently attempted to revive the hypothesis that with the possible exclusion of chs. 11–15 it was part of the original Acts of Andrew. If MacDonald is correct, then this Acts must be of third‐century rather than fifth‐century composition. For MacDonald the Acts of Andrew including the Acts of Andrew and Matthias influenced the opening sequence in The Acts of Thomas, and this influence is also seen in the Martyrium Prius (of Andrew). He also claims that the Acts of Andrew and Matthias influenced the Acts of Philip, the Acts of John by Prochorus, and the Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena.

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