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Apocryphal Gospels: Nero, Peter and Paul accused before, by Simon Magus

2 Jul

The Acts of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

 

Index of Principal Matters: Nero, Peter and Paul accused before, by Simon Magus

 

Nero said: Do you mean me to believe that Simon does not know these things, who both raised a dead man, and presented himself on the third day after he had been beheaded, and who has done whatever he said he would do?

Peter said: But he did not do it before me,

Nero said: But he did all these before me. For assuredly he ordered angels to come to him, and they came.

Peter said: If he has done what is very great, why does he not do what is very small? Let him tell what I had in my mind, and what I have done.

Nero said: Between you, I do not know myself.

Simon said: Let Peter say what I am thinking of, or what I am doing.

Peter said: What Simon has in his mind I shall show that I know, by my doing what he is thinking about.

Simon said: Know this, O emperor, that no one knows the thoughts of men, but God alone. Is not, therefore, Peter lying?

Peter said: Do thou, then, who sayest that thou art the Son of God, tell what I have in my mind; disclose, if thou canst, what I have just done in secret. For Peter, having blessed the barley loaf which he had received, and halfing broken it with his right hand and his left, had heaped it up in his sleeves.

Then Simon, enraged that he was not able to tell the secret of the apostle, cried out, saying: Let great dogs come forth, and eat him up before Caesar. And suddenly there appeared great dogs, and rushed at Peter. But Peter, stretching forth his hands23 to pray, showed to the dogs the loaf which he had blessed; which the dogs seeing, no longer appeared.

Then Peter said to Nero: Behold, I have shown thee that I knew what Simon was thinking of, not by words, but by deeds; for he, having promised that he would bring angels against me, has brought dogs, in order that he might show that he had not god-like but dog-like angels.

 

Rev. Alexander Roberts, DD and James-Donaldson, L.L.D. Eds, Apocryphal Gospels, Acts and Revelations: Ante Nicene Christian Library Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to AD 325 Part Sixteen (Edinburgh T & T. Clark, 38, George Street MDCCCLXX ) pp. 266-267

 

 

http://www.tertullian.org/fathers2/ANF-08/anf08-87.htm#P7429_2259968

 

http://www.tertullian.org/fathers2/ANF-08/anf08-01.htm#P34_365

Rev. Alexander Roberts, DD and James-Donaldson, L.L.D. Eds, Apocryphal Gospels, Acts and Revelations: Ante Nicene Christian Library Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to AD 325 Part Sixteen (Edinburgh T & T. Clark, 38, George Street MDCCCLXX) pp. 266-267

 

Apocryphal Gospels: Thomas, the apostle; the Lord converses with the bride and bridegroom in the form of

13 Jun

The Acts of the Apostle Thomas

 

Index of principal matters:  Thomas, the apostle; the Lord converses with the bride and bridegroom in the form of

 

And the Lord said to him: I am not Judas, who also is Thomas; I am his brother.

And the Lord sat down on the bed, and ordered them also to sit down on the seats; and He began to say to them:

Keep in mind, my children, what my brother said to you, and to whom he commended you; and this know, that if you refrain from this filthy intercourse, you become temples holy (and) pure, being released from afflictions and troubles, known and unknown, and you will not be involved in the cares of life, and of children, whose end is destruction; but if you get many children, for their sakes you become grasping and avaricious, plundering orphans, coveting property of widows, and by doing this subject yourselves to most grievous punishments. For many children become unprofitable, being harassed by demons, some openly and others secretly: for they become either lunatics, or half withered, or lame, or deaf, or dumb, or paralytics, or idiots; and even if they be in good health they will be again good-for -nothing, doing unprofitable and abominable works: for they will be detected either in adultery, or in murder, or in theft, or in fornication, and by all these you will be afflicted. But if you will be persuaded, and preserve yours souls pure to God, there will be born to you living children, whom these hurtful things do not touch; and you will be without care, spending an untroubled life, free from grief and care, looking forward to receive that marriage incorruptible and true; and you will be in it companions of the bridegroom, going in along with Him into that bridal-chamber full of immortality and light.

 

Rev. Alexander Roberts, DD and James-Donaldson, L.L.D. Eds, Apocryphal Gospels, Acts and Revelations: Ante Nicene Christian Library Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to AD 325 Part Sixteen (Edinburgh T & T. Clark, 38, George Street MDCCCLXX) p. 395

 

 

 

 

Apocryphal Gospels, Acts and Revelations: Ante Nicene Christian Library Tranlations of the Fathers Down to AD 325 Part Sixteen

4 Apr

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Apocryphal Gospels, Acts and Revelations: Ante Nicene Christian Library Tranlations of the Fathers Down to AD 325 Part Sixteen

 

 

Apocryphal Writings.

 Introduction. 

Our aim in these translations has been to give a rendering of the original as literal as possible; and to this we have adhered even in cases–and they are not a few–in which the Latin or the Greek is not in strict accordance with grammatical rule. It was thought advisable in all cases to give the reader the means of forming an accurate estimate of the style as well as the substance of these curious documents.

Rev. Alexander Roberts, DD and James-Donaldson, L.L.D. Eds,

(Edinburgh T & T. Clark, 38, George Street MDCCCLXX)

Apocryphal Gospels: Thomas, the apostle; continues preaching

20 Mar

Acts of the Apostle Thomas

 

And the Apostle ceased not proclaiming, and saying to them:
Men and women, boys and girls, young men and maidens, vigorous and aged, both bond and free, withhold yourselves from fornication, and covetousness, and the service of the belly; for under these three heads all wickedness comes. For fornication maims the mind, and darkens the eyes of the soul, and becomes a hindrance of the due regulation of the body, changing the whole man into feebleness, and throwing into disease. And insatiableness puts the soul into fear and shame, existing by what pertains to the body, and forcibly seizing what belongs to another; . . .and the service of the belly throws the soul into cares and troubles and griefs. . . .

 

Rev. Alexander Roberts, DD and James-Donaldson, L.L.D. Eds, Apocryphal Gospels, Acts and Revelations: Ante Nicene Christian Library Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to AD 325 Part Sixteen (Edinburgh T & T. Clark, 38, George Street MDCCCLXX) p 404

 

 

 

 

 

Apocryphal Gospels: Matthew, the apostle, prays that the fire may destroy all the idols, which is done ─ dies

19 Mar

Acts and Martyrdom of St Mathew, the Apostle

Index of Principal Matters:   Matthew, the apostle, prays that the fire may destroy all the idols, which is done ─ dies

 

And Matthew, having looked up into heaven, cried out,

Adonai eloi sabaoth marmari marmuth;

 

That is, Oh God the Father, O Lord Jesus Christ, deliver me, and burn down their gods which they worship; and le the fire also pursue the king even to his palacew, but not to his destruction: for perhaps he will repent and be converted.  And when he saw the fire to be montrous in height, the king thinking that Matthew was burnt up, laughed aloud, and said: Has thy magic been of any avail to thee, Matthew/ Can thy Jesus now give thee any help?

 

Rev. Alexander Roberts, DD and James-Donaldson, L.L.D. Eds, Apocryphal Gospels, Acts and Revelations: Ante Nicene Christian Library Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to AD 325 Part Sixteen (Edinburgh T & T. Clark, 38, George Street MDCCCLXX )

 

Apocryphal Gospels: The Gospel of Thomas • The Writing of the Holy Apostle Thomas Concerning the Childhood of the Lord

25 Feb

The Gospel of Thomas

Second Greek Form

The Writing of the Holy Apostle Thomas Concerning the Childhood of the Lord

 

4. And some days after, when Jesus was going through the midst of the city, a boy threw a stone at Him, and struck Him on the shoulder.  And Jesus said to him : Thou shalt not go on thy way.  And directly falling down, he also died. And they that happened to be there were struck with astonishment, saying : Whence is this child, that every word he says is certainly accomplished ? And they also went and reproached Joseph, saying :  It is impossible for thee to live with us in this city : but if thou wishest to do so, teach thy child to bless and not to curse : for he is killing our children, and everything that he says is certainly accomplished.

5. And Joseph was sitting in his seat, and thy child stood before him : and he took hold of Him by the ear, and pinched it hard.  And Jesus looked at him steadily, and said : it is enough for thee.

6. And on the day after he took Him by the hand, and led Him to a certain teacher Zacchæus by name, and says to him : O master, take this child, and teach him his letters. And he says : Hand him over to me, brother, and I shall teach him his letters. And Jesus hearing, laughed, and said to them: You say what you know: but I know more than you, for I am before the ages.  And I know when your fathers’ fathers were born; and I know how many are the years of your life.  And hearing this they were struck with astonishment.  And again Jesus said to them : You wonder because I said to you that I knew how many are the years of your life.  Assuredly I know when the world was created.  behold you do not believe me now.  When you see my cross, then will ye believe that I speak the truth.  And they were struck with astonishment when they heard these things.

Rev. Alexander Roberts, DD and James-Donaldson, L.L.D. Eds, Apochryphal Gospels, Acts and Revelations: Ante Nicene Christian Library Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to AD 325 Part Sixteen (Edinburgh T & T. Clark, 38, George Street MDCCCLXX ) p.87

Apochryphal Gospels

Apocryphal Gospels: Seth, sent by Adam when dying to paradise to obtain for him the “oil of mercy”

10 Feb
The Revelation of Moses
Index of Principal Matters
And Seth and Eve went into the regions of paradise. And as they were going along, Eve saw her son, and a wild beast fighting with him. And Eve wept, saying: Woe’s me, woe’s me; for if I come to the day of the resurrection, all who have sinned will curse me, saying, Eve did not keep the commandment of God. And Eve cried out to the wild beast, saying: O thou evil wild beast, wilt thou not be afraid to fight with the image of God? How has thy mouth been opened? how have thy teeth been strengthened? how hast thou not been mindful of thy subjection, that thou wast formerly subject to the image of God? Then the wild beast cried out, saying: O Eve, not against: us thy upbraiding nor thy weeping, but against thyself, since the beginning of the wild beasts was from thee. How was thy mouth opened to eat of the tree about which God had commanded thee not to eat of it? For this reason also our nature has been changed. Now, therefore, thou shall not be able to bear up, if I begin to reproach thee. And Seth says to the wild beast: Shut thy mouth and be silent, and stand off from the image of God till the day of judgment. Then the wild beast says to Seth: Behold, I stand off, Seth, from the image of God. Then the wild beast fled, and left him wounded, and went to his covert.

Rev. Alexander Roberts, DD and James-Donaldson, L.L.D. Eds, Apocryphal Gospels, Acts and Revelations: Ante Nicene Christian Library Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to AD 325 Part Sixteen (Edinburgh T & T. Clark, 38, George Street MDCCCLXX)

http://aren.org/prison/documents/religion/Church%20Fathers/Revelation%20of%20Moses.pdf