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Bibil Identifier bibil:245982
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) The Syriac Pseudo-Clementines
Title (English, ) An Early Version of the First Christian Novel
Author Jones, Stanley F.
Series Apocryphes. Collection de poche de l'AELAC (Volume: 14)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature XA 309/14
Place 23"00/07"CLER7 Pse
Publishing house Brepols Publishers
Place Brepols
Publishing house Brepols Publishers
Place Turnhout
ISBN 978-2-503-55111-1
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages 352 Pages
height in cm 19
Genre Original
Notes Translated into English by F. Stanley Jones
Abstract The Syriac Pseudo-Clementines available for the first time in any modern language.
Of imperial family and eventually Peter’s heir as bishop of Rome, Clement relates here how he happened to become a Christian and how Peter instructed his companions as he refutes the arch-heretic Simon Magus in a series of debates. Clement also recounts the astonishing recovery of his long-lost family. All these events occur in the year of Christ’s death.
The Pseudo-Clementines were popular reading throughout the Middle Ages in a Latin translation and reemerged in early modern times via vernacular versions and especially the Faust-legend. Often considered the first and only ancient Christian novel, the Pseudo-Clementines originated in Syrian Jewish-Christianity in the early third century. Two ancient Syriac translations from the fourth century reflect Greek texts no longer preserved; they contain the essence of Clement’s biographical account and of Peter’s teachings and debates with Simon. Of particular interest is Peter’s detailed review of the origins of Christianity, which apparently seeks to rebut the canonical Acts of the Apostles and lays the blame for the unbelief of the Jews squarely at the feet of Paul.
This volume presents the first complete translation of the Syriac into any modern language and thereby opens the door for a new stage of historical research and literary appreciation.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to New Testament Characters or Events : Pseudo-Clementine Literature
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Semitic Languages : North-West Semitic : Aramaic : Late Aramaic : Eastern Aramaic : Syriac
Genres Modern Translation
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