Апокрифические «Деяния Иоанна». Часть II. Богословие текста
The Apostle Andrew, which the New Testament mentions very sparingly, appears in the Acta Andreæ (2 half. II c.) as a preacher of encratism, but in the Byzantine era these acts have been revised by removing the “heresy” and served as a statement of the cult of the apostle in Patras in the Peloponnese. In addition, the mention of Byzantion has been interpreted afterwards as the foundation of Constantinopolitan siege and updated by metropolitan legends. Andrew is also a hero of the apocryphal acts which show him together with the other apostles. Among these quite fantastic narratives, one must mention the Acts of Andrew and Matthias (beginning of the IV c.). The action takes place along the southern Black Sea coast. Particular data from all these sources were compiled from the VI c. in the so-called lists of the Apostles, and they in turn inﬂ uenced Epiphanius the Monk, who wrote in 815-843 The Life of Andrew – a very singular text in the tradition of Apostles’ stories. This life, where the Apostle acts in the boundaries of the Byzantine Empire of IX c., gave rise to a number of revisions in the IX-XI cc. (Nicetas Paphlagonian, Simeon Metaphrastes, etc.), but also inﬂ uenced the formation of the legends about Andrew’s preaching in Georgia and Russia. From the preacher of encratism he was at ﬁ rst, Andrew became the Apostle of Byzantium and its world.
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The Other Side: Apocryphal Perspectives on Ancient Christian “Orthodoxies”
"The Book of Sessions" (Kitāb al-maǧālis) by Iliyya of Nisibis is a remarkable monument of the Arabic-Christian writing of the 11th century. It is a literary reworked record of the conversations of Metropolitan of Nisibis with a Muslim interlocutor, vizier Abū-l-Qāsim al-Maghribī. The second maǧlis contains a Christological discussion about the concept al-ḥulūl - [God’s] indwelling. The text of this conversation consists of two main parts. In the first part—on which this publication is focused on—the subject of the discussion is the Christian confession of the special nature of the "indwelling" of God in Christ. The Russian translation of this part, based on the oldest manuscript of the "Book of Sessions" is preceeded with an introductory article.