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Antilegomena

This term relates to those NT books over which there was some dispute within the Christian Church during the first four centuries. It was used by Eusebius* in his classification of Christian books to distinguish certain books from those admitted by all, which he called the homologoumena. Among the Antilegomena he placed James, Jude, 2 Peter, 2 and 3 John of the canonical books, together with others which were revered but not included in the NT canon. Among these latter he included the [[Acts of Paul]], the [[Shepherd of Hermas]], the [[Apocalypse of Peter]], the [[Epistle of Barnabas]], and the Didache, all of which attained only a local significance, mainly in Egypt. The Antilegomena were sharply distinguished by Eusebius from spurious works which were emphatically rejected.