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A Literary History of Early Christianity Volume 1 free pdf This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... Eusebius, a little later, includes it in a list of the Petrine writings with these cautious words, "The book (so-called) of his Acts, and the (so-called) Gospel according to Peter, and what is known as his Preaching, and what is called his Apocalypse, these we know not at all as having been handed down among Catholic Scriptures, for no ancient Church writer nor contemporary of our own has made use of testimonies taken from them."1 In the face of the citations from Clement and Methodius this last statement cannot be called correct, nor can the former be reconciled with the present text of the Muratorian fragment. In another passage Eusebius classes it with those spurious books which, though pseudonymous, are not of heretical tendencies and were considered by more indulgent critics as only disputed, i.e., of doubtful authenticity.1 About a century later Macarius Magnes, refuting the objections of a heathen adversary, refers to his use of this book as a standard Christian work. Macarius evidently disbelieves its genuineness, but accepts its teaching as orthodox. . Sozomen (about A.D. 450) testifies to its public use once a year on Good Friday by the churches of Palestine in his day, though he admits that the ancients generally considered it spurious. Nicephorus (about A.d. 850), in drawing up a classified list of inspired writings for practical use, places this book among them, though in an inferior position, and assigns it a length of three hundred lines, or a little shorter than the Epistle to the Galatians. On looking back upon this record, we find that the Apocalypse of Peter held an honourable but precarious position among deutero-canonical writings, being in all probability accepted in Rome in the second century, and certainly in...

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Author : Charles Thomas Cruttwell
Publisher : Theclassics.Us
Data Published : 12 September 2013
ISBN : 123030584X
EAN : 9781230305844
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 108 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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