Acts of Paul
PAUL, ACTS OF. According to Tertullian (On Baptism, 17), the [[Acts of Paul]] was written by a presbyter in Asia, who on conviction was removed from office, although he said he had done it “out of love for Paul.” The work, known also to Hippolytus and Origen, may therefore be dated to the 2nd cent. Eusebius (Hist. III. 25) includes it with Hermas, Barnabas, and the [[Apocalypse of Peter]] among the “spurious” books, although he distinguishes it from the heretical. It is included in the catalogue in the [[Codex Claromontanus]], so that at this stage it was still on the fringe of the NT canon. Jerome, however, rejected it, and subsequently its reception by the Manichees brought it completely into disrepute.