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Orphic, Roman, Jewish And Christian Tours Of Hell: Observations On The Apocalypse Of Peter

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From brief mentions in the patristic literature it was known that early Christianity not only had an Apocalypse of John and an Apocalypse of Paul (Visio Pauli), which survived the ravages of the Middle Ages in several manuscripts,1 but also an Apocalypse of Peter (henceforth: Apoc. Pet.). Greeks and Romans were much less concerned with blasphemy, and the Emperor Tiberius, who sometimes had a healthy view of life, tersely commented: deorum iniuriae dis curae (Tac. Ann. 1.73). Early Christianity, however, followed its Jewish roots in this respect. Inspired by the Orphic tradition, some Jews started to adapt the Greek crimes and penalties in the afterlife to their own tradition. This adaptation most likely took place in Egypt, probably in Alexandria.

Keywords: Apocalypse; Christian; Jewish; Orphic; Peter; Roman



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