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The Apocryphal Acts And Liturgical Commemoration

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The relation between apocrypha and the liturgical cult of saints is a matter that attracted the attention of one of the most famous collectors of hagiographic material of the modern era. Two important documents that relate the apostle apocrypha to heretical movements, are the letters on what should and should not be read in church by Popes Innocent I and Leo I. Innocent makes a sharp distinction between books that belong and those that do not belong to canonical Scripture. Augustine deals more specifically with the matter of apocryphal writings attributed to the apostles and their relation to heretic currents. In his work against Faustus, Augustine again refers to the use of apocrypha in Manichaean circles. This chapter presents three medieval testimonies and traces the evidence in three different ages: the early 8th century (Bede), the late 9th century (Notker I of Skt Gallen), and the 12th century (Abelard).

Keywords: Abelard; apocryphal Acts; apostle apocrypha; Augustine; Bede; biblical saints; canonical Scripture; liturgical commemoration; Notker I of Skt Gallen



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