I Never Knew the Man: The Coptic Act of Peter (Papyrus Berolinensis 8502.4) : Its Independence from the Apocryphal Acts of Peter, Genre and Legendary Origins

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Presses Université Laval, 2000 - History - 182 pages
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The Act of Peter, Papyrus Berolinensis 8502.4 was discovered in Egypt some years before the end of the 19th century and subsequently published in 1903 by Carl Schmidt. Since Schmidt's study, much of the overall debate has centered on this text's relationship with the apocryphal Acts of Peter (preserved in the Latin manuscript, Actus Vercellenses). Schmidt viewed the Act of Peter as part of the long-lost first third of the Acts of Peter, a position which has since attained general acceptance. Molinari contends that scholars have been hasty in their acceptance of Schmidt's position, which under scrutiny reveals itself to be built on assumptions that are tenuous at best. Molinari makes his argument in two parts. The first part refutes Schmidt's theory that the Act of Peter was originally part of the Acts of Peter. The second part discusses the issue of genre and origins.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Schmidts Underlying Assumption of a Single Petrine Source in Antiquity Describing Peters Acts
5
Schmidts observations on the Act of Peter
13
Nine Points of consensus in thought and language between the Acts of Peter and the Act of Peter
26
The Witnesses of various early Christian Documents
59
A Miracle Gone Astray and the Origins of an Exemplum In Search of a Literary Genre for the Act of Peter
117
The Exemplum An Histor1cal Account of a Fathers Attempt to Protect his Daughter and the Chastity Story
124
The Homiletical Remarks Driving the Exemplum Home
170
Excursus on Date
173
Conclusion
179
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