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The Heretics’ Apostle and Two Pauline Pseudepigrapha from Nag Hammadi

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This chapter discuss the two Pauline pseudepigrapha, the Apocalypse of Paul, in codex V, and the Prayer of Paul the Apostle in codex I, in search of how Tertullian's comment might resonate with them. Over the seventy years since the discovery of the Nag Hammadi codices, the tendency has been for work on the writings they contain to concentrate on either performing individual analyses of the texts, or in integrating them into hypothetical historical or ideological contexts of origin or pre-Nag Hammadi use, with the latter tendency having predominated in the earliest period of study. In form and content, the Prayer resembles extant prayers and invocations such as might be found among the Hermetic texts or in the corpus of magical writings, thus bringing Paul's quest for knowledge into a broad philosophical/magical/religious context.

Keywords: Apocalypse of Paul; Nag Hammadi codices; Pauline pseudepigrapha; Prayer of Paul the Apostle



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