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

The Strasbourg Fragment

This is part of a fragmentary papyrus of the fourth–fifth century. Two leaves numbered 5 and 6 contain gospel‐type material in Coptic, but the original language behind this text is uncertain; Greek is the most likely. Because the apostles speak in the first person plural, as they also do in the Gospel of the Twelve (possibly to be identified with the Gospel of the Ebionites (q.v.)), attempts have been made to connect the fragment with a Jewish‐Christian gospel: these attempts have not been convincing. There is a resemblance between the contents of page 5 recto and the Acts of John 94–5 .

Editions

The fragments were first assembled and published by A. Jacoby, Ein neues Evangelienfragment (Strasbourg, 1900), but the critical interpretation is that by C. Schmidt in Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen (1900), 481–506.

Modern Translations

English

  • James, 30–1.

  • Hennecke3, i. 227–30. Hennecke5, i. 103–5.

French

  • Éac, 425–8.

German

  • Hennecke1, 37–8 (E. Hennecke); cf. Handbuch, 88–94.

  • Hennecke3, i. 155–8 (W. Schneemelcher).

  • Hennecke5, i. 87–9 (W. Schneemelcher).

Italian

  • Erbetta, i.1, 109–10.

  • Moraldi, i. 448–51.

Spanish

  • de Santos Otero, 102–3.

Page 5 recto:

. . . that he may be known by his [hospitality] and be praised for his fruit, for . . . many of . . . Amen. Give me now your [strength], O Father, that [they] may endure the world with me. Amen. I have received the [diadem] of the kingdom . . . the diadem of him who is . . . lowliness, since they have not [recognized them]. I have become King [through you], Father. You will subject all things to me, [Amen]. Through whom shall [the last] enemy be destroyed? Through [Christ]. Through whom shall the sting of death be destroyed? 1 Cf. 1 Cor. 15: 25–6, 55 . [Through the] only—begotten. Unto whom belongs the dominion? [To the son], Amen.

Page 5 verso:

Now when [Jesus] had completed the [prayer?] he turned to us and said, ‘The hour has come when I shall be taken from you. 2 Matt. 9: 15; 26: 45 and parallels. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. 3 Matt. 26: 41 and parallel. Stay and watch with me.’ 4 Matt. 26: 38 and parallels. But we the apostles wept and said to him . . . [Son] of God . . . He answered and said to us, ‘Do not fear the destruction [of the body] but [fear] rather . . . the power of [darkness?] 5 Cf. Matt. 10: 28 . Remember all I have said to you. If they have persecuted me, [they will] persecute you too. 6 John 15: 20 . Rejoice, because I have [overcome] the world and I have . . . ’

Page 6 recto:

. . . may reveal to you all my glory and show you all your strength and the mystery of your apostleship . . . on the mountain . . .

Page 6 verso:

Our eyes penetrated all places. We beheld the glory of his Godhead and all the glory of his dominion. He clothed us with the power of our apostleship . . .

Notes:

1 Cf. 1 Cor. 15: 25–6, 55 .

2 Matt. 9: 15; 26: 45 and parallels.

3 Matt. 26: 41 and parallel.

4 Matt. 26: 38 and parallels.

5 Cf. Matt. 10: 28 .

6 John 15: 20 .

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