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John, Acts of
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The Acts of John, like most of the apocryphal acts of the apostles, is fragmentary and has a complicated text history. For the most part, the “early” or “primitive” Acts of John – to the extent that an “early” text can be reconstructed – is preserved only in sections that were incorporated into later compositions, above all the Acts of John by Pseudo-Prochorus.

Only two sections of the Acts of John are extant independently:

1. The “metastasis” (i.e. the description of John’s n…

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Spittler, Janet E., “John, 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 25 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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