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Paul, Prayer of the Apostle
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The Prayer of the Apostle Paul features among the Nag Hammadi Codices (Nag Hammadi Writings) discovered in Upper Egypt in 1945. It occupies one-and-a-half pages of the flyleaf to Codex I. Preserved in the Subakhmimic dialect of Coptic, its title appears at the end of the text in Greek (proseuchē pa[ulou] apostolou), followed by a short colophon (“In peace. Christ is holy”), recommending Greek as its original language.

It is, as the title suggests, a prayer. Approximately the first two lines are missing. The extant te…

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Twigg, Matthew, “Paul, Prayer of the Apostle”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2022

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