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Pilate to Claudius, Letter of
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The letter of Pilate to the emperor Claudius was printed as early as 1510. The first to have included it in a collection of apocryphal texts is C. Scheurl (see Backus, 1998), who published it alongside other apocryphal letters. It can be found in the editions of texts in which it was included: the Acts of Peter and Paul by the Pseudo-Marcellus, chapters 19–21 of the short recension, chapters 40–42 of the long recension (Lipsius, 1891), the Latin Gospel of Nicodemus (Pilate, Acts of), chapter 29 (see esp. Tischendorf, 1876;…

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Gounelle, Rémi, “Pilate to Claudius, Letter 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 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2022

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