Heidegger's Bible Handbook: NT Apocrypha: Chapter Outline



The Apocryphal books of the New Testament, enumerated by Gelasius and the Roman Council, 1. That some of these are defended by modern Jesuits, Casaubon marvels for good reason, 2. The Apocryphal books of the New Testament are distributed into those that are falsely ascribed to Christ, to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to the Apostles, and to Apostolical Men, 3. To Christ were formerly ascribed, some books to Peter and Paul, 4. And especially an Epistle to Abgar, King of Edessa, which is given verbatim, 5. And it is recalled to the anvil, 6. To the Blessed Virgin Mary is ascribed on Epistle to Ignatius, the νοθεία/illegitimacy is asserted against Canisius, 7. To all the Apostles are attributed Constitutions and Canons, the νοθεία/illegitimacy and origin of which are indicated, 8. Also the symbol, vulgarly called Apostolic, 9. To certain Apostles and Evangelists were formerly ascribed liturgies, for example, to James, 10. To Peter, 11. To Matthew, 12. And to Mark, the νοθεία/illegitimacy of which is provided, 13. And Baronius’ σοφὸν φάρμακον is examined, 14. But also in the place of the Canonical Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Apocalypse were put by the ancients Apocryphal Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Apocalypses. Of which sort art the Proto-Gospel of James, the Gospels of Peter, according to the Hebrews, Matthias, Judas, and Nicodemus, 15. The Acts of Peter, of Paul, of Andrew, of John, and of Thomas. To which are also referred the περίοδοι or circuits of the Apostles, as of Peter, of John, and of Thomas; and also the book of the Passion of Saint Andrew, the acts of Paul and Thecla, Prochorus’ Life of the Apostle John, Linus’ history of the passion of Peter and Paul, and Abdias the Babylonian’ concerning the matters conducted by the Apostles, 16. Epistles, of Saint Paul to the Laodiceans and Seneca, of Barnabas, of Clement to the Corinthians, of Lentulus concerning Christ, 17. Finally, the Apocalypses of Peter and of Paul, 18. Also, a book called The Shepherd, formerly attributed to Hermas, a disciple of Saint Paul, and variously commended by the Holy Fathers. Whether that be the same, which circulates today under that name, it is inquired, and its authority is impugned against Stapleton, 19. All these and other Apocryphal New Testament Books the Holy Fathers of old distinguished from the true Canonical New Testament Books by three notes and marks, 20.

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