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The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: An Introduction
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The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: An Introduction


Baylor University Press 2008

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A great deal has happened in recent decades in the study of the Apocryphal Acts, and the field of apocryphal literature is incredibly broad. A reader looking for a current, general, and concise introduction to the subject will welcome this book. Hans-Josef Klauck offers not only an excellent introduction to the topic of the Apocryphal Acts, but also a useful resource for understanding the complex relations between these works and the canonical books.

The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: An Introduction discusses both the main apocryphal Acts—such as the Acts of John, Paul, and Peter—and the more recent works, including the Acts of Philip, Bartholomew, and Matthew.

In the Logos edition, The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles is easily searchable. Scripture passages are tagged to appear on mouse-over, and all cross-references link to the other resources in your digital library, making this collection even more powerful and even easier to access than ever before. With Logos’ advanced features, you can perform comprehensive searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “Paul” or “temple.”

Key Features

  • Explanation of the background and structure of each work
  • Detailed analysis of content
  • Translator’s note, appendix, indexes, and bibliography


  • The Acts of John
  • The Acts of Paul
  • The Acts of Peter
  • The Acts of Andrew
  • The Acts of Thomas
  • The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles
  • Later Acts of Apostles
  • A Look Back and a Look Ahead

Praise for the Print Edition

Klauck provides an indispensable companion that opens up a color world, without blurring the differences between fact and fiction.

—Hans Dieter Betz, Shailer Mathews professor emeritus of New Testament, University of Chicago

This is an extremely interesting, user-friendly, and helpful treatment of an often neglected branch of early Christian literature. Klauck has written a book that will be of great use in university classes examining non-canonical texts, but is readily accessible for general readers.

—Paul Foster, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, Expository Times

This is exactly the book we need at a time when exaggerated and unfounded claims are often made about these works.

—Daniel J. Harrington, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

A much-needed resource that will become the standard reference work for Acts research. Not only will scholars value Klauck’s command of both the primary and secondary source material, but his clear prose will also appeal to undergraduates embarking on their own journeys into the world of early Christian apocrypha.

—David M. Reis, Bridgewater College, Religious Studies Review

Product Details

  • Title: Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: An Introduction
  • Author: Hans-Josef Klauck
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 310

About Hans-Josef Klauck

Hans-Josef Klauck is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley professor of New Testament and early Christian literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has worked extensively on such New Testament topics as the parables of Jesus, Paul’s Corinthian correspondence, and the Johannine letters.

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