Friday, June 30, 2017

Apocalypse of Peter (Greek text)

Back in 2005, I transcribed a Greek text of the Apocalypse of Peter (Akhmim fragment, from Erich Klostermann's edition) and uploaded to the web. I updated the files in 2007 and 2009 and for a couple of years I have been meaning to make some corrections to the text in the files. I am very grateful to Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Schütt for pointing out several typos in the original files. They are now all corrected and I think we have a pretty accurate version, but please let me know if you spot anything else that's in need of correction. They are found in the same spot here:

Apocalypse of Peter (Akhmim Fragment) [PDF]

Update (5 July 2017): Please see comments (below) for some helpful updates and bibliography on the Apocalypse of Peter from Wolfgang Grünstäudl.


Gruenstaeudl said...

Thank you so much for providing us with an updated version of your transcription of the Akhmim fragment. This is certainly a very useful tool for all of those who are looking for a first orientation regarding this fascinating text.
Let me just add two things which might be of interest in this context:

First, in 2004 a new critical edition of the existing Greek witnesses of this Apocalypse - including a detailed description of the manuscripts (with photographs), a bibliography, a transcription and an English translation - has been published:
Tobias Nicklas and Thomas J. Kraus (eds.), Das Petrusevangelium und die Petrusapokalypse: Die griechischen Fragmente mit deutscher und englischer Übersetzung (Die griechischen christlichen Schriftsteller der ersten Jahrhunderte. Neue Folge 11 [= Neutestamentliche Apokryphen I], Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2004).

Moreover, the Greek-Ethiopic Apocalypse of Peter (of which the Akhmin-Fragment is most probably a witness) has recently gained increased interest in the field of New Testament studies as 2 Peter might be dependend on this Apocalypse. For this proposal cf.:
Wolfgang Grünstäudl, Petrus Alexandrinus. Studien zum historischen und theologischen Ort des zweiten Petrusbriefes (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament II/353, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2013), 97–144.
Jörg Frey, Der Brief des Judas und der zweite Brief des Petrus (Theologischer Handkommentar zum Neuen Testament 15/II, Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt 2015), 170–3.

For an English presentation of the argument see:
Jörg Frey, “Fire and Water? Apocalyptic Imagination and Hellenistic Worldview in 2 Peter,” in: Joel Baden, Hindy Najman, and Eibert Tigchelaar (eds.), Sibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls. John Collins at Seventy (2 vols., Leiden-Boston: Brill 2016), 1:451–71, especially 457–63.

Thus, exciting times for studying the Apocalypse of Peter!

Best wishes, Wolfgang Grünstäudl

Mark Goodacre said...

Many thanks! That's most helpful.