Stumbled upon a fascinating translation on pdf from Manchester University, I think, I hook you up with a link at the bottom.
A translation of the Syriac version of the Apocalypse of Peter was written about by Woodbrooke Studies A. Mingana. It is quite different from the
Ethiopian version and according to the translators Syriac scribes were meticulous and would copy everything exact while Ethiopians did some editing,
omitting certain shocking things. Get ready for this.
The 8th Book of Roles is an Arabic document that features Peter and Clement's travels. It is the original Apocalypse of Peter and I am going to
concentrate on what the Ethiopians censored. It's trinitarian and pre Islam.
Christ informs Peter he has converted Paul. He is definitely subservient to Peter at first. It says Stephen was Paul's nephew. Everything except
that matches the story of Acts for the most part but then it says:
"... and we entered and found Paul praying and worshipping before idols, and suspicion entered our minds concerning his faith. "
Paul to Peter:
"What is your name?"
"Peter. " Then Paul said, "Who is your God?"
Peter:" A God, one in nature, three in attributes, worshipped and glorified by His creatures and His myriads... "
Paul grills Peter on the works and miracles of Christ. Paul requires Peter to perform one in a challenge and he is brought, and heals, a blind man. .
Paul gets jealous. " Do not be too ready to believe in this man who is possibly a medicine man who has special Indian drugs, similar to the ones that
I have with me now, through which open the eyes of men."
Paul sways the crowd with the remarks, and so Peter can defend his honor the King (Caesar?) houses Peter and John. Then Peter cures a crowd of sick
people. Paul still is not satisfied.
"Peter, if you words are true concerning your God you will raise a dead man. "
So he does it. Paul still doesn't believe.
Paul:" If you raise also the son of the King we will believe in your God, I, the King, and all his Kingdom. "
" Anytime you want me to have this done, I will perform such a miracle in the name of Christ our Lord, inhabitants of Antioch. "
Paul goes to the King and strikes a deal where Peter's success will convert the King, his failure will cause Peter and co. great torment.
The son, dead for three years, is raised. The King asks Paul why he, knowing this man's power, worshipped idols with him. Paul says it was just a
"Stratagem" which amuses the King.
After some adventures we return to the subject of Paul :
"Paul... proceeded us and entered the palace of the Emperor who honored him and enhanced his prestige and caused him to sit next to him. And Paul
never stopped praising idolatry and paganism until he gained his confidence. Then he [Paul] said :
"Who are these men causing disturbance in Rome? They show signs and proclaim a strange name of a God we know nothing about, especially in this
region. " The Emporer decides to arrest them. Then lets Paul be in charge of doing so and doing as he sees fit.
" We were amazed with the nerve of Paul, and thought evil about him, but did not use our tongues to put it to word. "
Paul takes the role of prosecutor questioning Peter about God, his power, and Peter answers. Then Peter is challenged to convert the Emporer by
banishing the Emporer's god who Satan possessed. He tells Peter to worship the god of Caesar or die.
Peter banished the demons of every Idol and they were destroyed. The Emporer converted with all his people.
The book is sealed thus:
"As God lives, no one is to divulge these mysteries to Paul or anyone like him."
because it is said "Paul tampered with the language of the
This is the Arabic to Syriac version that Ethiopians call the "Contendings of the Apostles" but it edits almost everything bad said about Paul and
the person who wrote this paper and translated it said it has to be before Arabic had vowel points and is definitely the original form. It is
reminiscent of other Peter and Clement or Peter, Paul and Simon Magus legends but more blunt about Paul, obviously written by a staunch follower of
Peter, John and James that dislikes Paul.
This was unknown to me until today, but I am excited to have found it. I will get a link in 5 minutes with a pdf and copy of the MSS.
Syriac Apocalypse of Peter rare
edit on 25-1-2017 by irenialilivenka because: (no reason given)