The Coptic Apocalypse of Paul, Irenaeus’ Adversus Haereses 2.30.7, and the second-century battle for Paul’s legacy

Authors: Kaler, Michael; Painchaud, Louis; Bussières, Marie-Pierre
Abstract: This article discusses the Coptic gnostic Apocalypse of Paul (NHC V,1), an expansion of Paul’s heavenly ascent as described in 2 Cor 12.2–4, arguing that its similarities to, and independence from, Irenaeus’ extrapolation of a Valentinian understanding of this ascension (Adversus Haereses 2.30.7) suggests that both accounts were written in a context of controversy between Valentinian and proto-orthodox Christians wherein both sides tried to claim the apostle Paul’s authority. It also argues that this proposed Sitz im Leben renders coherent certain aspects of the Apocalypse of Paul that have in the past been considered problematic .
Subject Headings: Apocalypse of Paul (Coptic version) - Irenaeus, Saint, Bishop of Lyon. Adversus haereses. - Bible. N.T. Corinthians, 2nd -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600. - Paul, the Apostle, Saint.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 June 2004
Open Access Date: 16 March 2016
Document version: VoR
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/365
This document was published in: Journal of Early Christian Studies, Vol. 12 (2), 173–193 (2004)
https://doi.org/10.1353/earl.2004.0024
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Alternative version: 10.1353/earl.2004.0024
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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