The acts of peter and the twelve apostles

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the acts of peter and the twelve apostles

The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles by Douglas M. Parrott

The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles is a text that was found in Nag Hammadi, Egypt. This is a story about a merchant who comes to sell a pearl at great cost. The rich avoid the merchant, but the poor have interest for what the merchant is selling. He tells the people that he does not have the pearl on him, but it is to be found in his city Nine Gates. For the ones who truely seek the pearl, they must travel a difficult journey to get it. In the story the merchant then reveals himself, who he really is.
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Acts of Peter and the Twelve

The text contains two parts, an initial allegory, and a subsequent gnostic exposition of its meaning. The allegory is thought to have been originally a work in its own right. The text is dated to the 2nd or 3rd century and is attested Greek and Coptic. The author claims to be Peter the Apostle , and thus is pseudepigraphical. The allegory describes the tale, similar to the Parable of the Pearl in the Gospel of Matthew , of a pearl merchant who is selling a pearl at a great price note—this text is not to be confused with the Mormon scripture The Pearl of Great Price. The merchant is shunned by the rich but the poor attend him in droves, and learn that the pearl is kept at the home city of the merchant, "Nine Gates", rather than being carried on him. As such those who desire it must trek the arduous journey to Nine Gates.

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For all its brevity 12 pages it is a remarkably complex document. The first half consists mainly of an account, with heavy allegorical overtones, about a pearl merchant who attracts the poor but is shunned by the rich, and who turns out not to have the pearl he is hawking; it is available only to those willing to journey to his city. The pearl merchant's name is Lithargoel, which means, according to the text, a lightweight, glistening stone 5. The account takes place in on island city identified simply as "Habitation" the Coptic for which may be a translation of the Greek word meaning "inhabited world". The earliest portion of the tractate - the allegory - probably should be dated not later than the middle of the 2d century, because of the affinity with Herm. The tractate as a whole, then, may have been put together in its present form toward the end of the 2d century, or early in the 3d.

The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles, from The Nag Hammadi Library. This site includes the entire Nag Hammadi Library, as well as a large collection of.
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Andrea Lorenzo Molinari , Marquette University. The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles, discovered along with 46 other tracts at Nag Hammadi, Egypt in , is still very much in its infancy of scholarly analysis. Until now the approach to this text has been primarily that of introductions to the text. Most of these introductions and several of the other studies have focused upon dividing and describing the text in light of its most obvious problem--the problem of peculiar voice shifts. The narrative voice of the text begins in the first person plural, then shifts to the first person singular.


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