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The Apocryphal New Testament Easy to use collection of English translations of the New Testament Apocrypha.

The Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena

Material here has been borrowed from, among other places, the Acts of Peter, the Acts of Paul, the Acts of Andrew, and the Acts of Thomas. The text was published by M. R. James from an eleventh‐century manuscript.

James argued (Apoc. Anec. 54) for a third‐century date for the origin of this apocryphon. He stated that it is a good example of a Christian substitute for the conventional pagan literature of the day. The aim of the author (as of the authors of other apocryphal acts) is to blend instruction with entertainment. It contains the belief that Paul visited Spain. In the first half, based on Xanthippe, there are numerous speeches and prayers; in the second part (from ch. 22) there is a change of pace, with many incidents and a variety of characters; here the episodes relate to Polyxena.

No translation is given here.

Edition

  • James, Apoc. Anec. i. 43–85 (introduction and Greek text).

Modern Translations

English

  • W. A. Craigie, ‘The Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena’, in A. Menzies (ed.), Ante‐Nicene Christian Library, Additional Volume 9 (Edinburgh, 1897), 203–17.

General

  • Lipsius, ii.1, 217–27.

  • E. Peterson, ‘Die Acta Xanthippae et Polyxenae und die Paulusakten’, Anal. Boll. 65 (1947), 57–60.

  • E. Junod, ‘Vie et conduite des saintes femmes Xanthippe, Polyxène et Rébecca (BHG 1877)’, in D. Papandreou, W. A. Bienert, and K. Schäferdiek (eds.), Oecumenica et Patristica (Festschrift for W. Schneemelcher) (Geneva, 1989), 83–106.

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