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The Re-Written Bible In Arabic: The Paradise Story And Its Exegesis In The Arabic Apocalypse Of Peter

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Pseudepigraphical literary production in Arabic played a major role in the transmission of biblical material, and it formed the scriptural knowledge of the Arab speaking Christian communities long before the Bible was fully translated into Arabic. This chapter discusses one of the earliest and most monumental pseudepigraphical works in Arabic, known as the Apocalypse of Peter. This was perhaps the first pseudepigraphon to be written-at least in part-originally in Arabic. The chapter focuses on the text, as edited and translated by Alfonse Mingana in 1931, which is based on a Karshuni manuscript from his own manuscript collection. It deals the biblical creation and paradise story in the Apocalypse of Peter. The chapter also argues that the presentation and analysis of the opening chapters of the biblical canon reflect the new historical situation for the Christians in the Islamic lands.

Keywords: Apocalypse of Peter; Bible; Christian communities; Islamic rule; Pseudepigraphical literary



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