Apocalypse of Peter

Apocalypse of Peter
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Apocalypse of Peter
 
From “The Apocryphal New Testament”M. R. James-Translation and Notes Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924
 

Introduction

WE HAVE NOT A PURE AND COMPLETE TEXT OF THIS BOOK, which ranked next in popularity and probably also in date to the Canonical Apocalypse of St. John.

We have, first, certain quotations made by writers of the first four centuries.

Next, a fragment in Greek, called the Akhmim fragment, found with the Passion-fragment of the Gospel of Peter in a manuscript known as the Gizeh MS. (discovered in a tomb) now at Cairo. This is undoubtedly drawn from the Apocalypse of Peter: but my present belief is that, like the Passion fragment (see p. 90), it is part of the Gospel of Peter, which was a slightly later book than the Apocalypse and quoted it almost in extenso. There is also in the Bodleian Library a mutilated leaf of a very tiny Greek MS. of the fifth century which supplies a few lines of what I take to be the original Greek text.