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Apostles, Apocryphal Acts of
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The apocryphal acts of the apostles are noncanonical narratives describing the travels and activities of apostles, which generally include the performance of miracles, the promotion of sexual abstinence, conversion of prominent individuals (frequently women), and conflicts with government officials (often related to the conversion of prominent women). These acts end with the death of the apostle, typically by public execution. Five works – the Acts of John, Acts of Andrew, Acts of…

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Spittler, Janet, “Apostles, Apocryphal Acts of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 27 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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