Laws in The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles

The physicians of this world heal what belongs to the world. The physicians of souls, however, heal the heart. – Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles, Codex VI, 1

Heal the bodies first, therefore, so that through the real powers of healing for their bodies, without medicine of the world, they may believe in you, that you have power to heal the illnesses of the heart also. – Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles, Codex VI, 1

Judge with uprightness, so that your ministry may be glorified. – Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles, Codex VI, 1


The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles is the text of Nag Hammadi Codex VI, 1. The Nag Hammadi Codices, a set of fifty-two religious and philosophical texts, are so named because a peasant found them near Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Unfortunately, his family burned an unknown number of them as fuel before discovering they were valuable. They languished in the Coptic Museum at Cairo for years until a scholar came searching. See the full history at: Nag Hammadi

The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles is dated from about 200 A.D. We have used the Parrott-Wilson translation.


References

Parrott, Douglas M. and R. McL. Wilson, Trans. "The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles." The Nag Hammadi Library. Ed. James M. Robinson. San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1981. 265-270.

Peter Kirby has formulated an impressive collection of early Christian documents and links available at: Early Christian Writings

The text of The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles is available online at: Gnosis


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