The Apocalypse of Paul (Visio Pauli) in Sahidic Coptic

Critical Edition, Translation and Commentary


The apocryphal Apocalypse of Paul (Visio Pauli) plunges us right into the heart of early-Christian conceptions of heaven and hell. Its vivid eyewitness account of otherworldly punishment and reward was translated into many different languages and inspired numerous later authors, among whom Dante. This book offers a re-edition and English translation of the ancient Coptic version. An exhaustive commentary makes the text accessible and situates it in the time and place where it was written, fourth-century Egypt. As this new study shows, the Coptic version is by far the best available witness of the original Apocalypse of Paul.

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Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta, Ph.D. (1997), Universidad Complutense, and (2004), University of Groningen, is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Groningen. He publishes on Early Christian apocrypha, the Nag Hammadi collection, and later Greek philosophy, especially Plutarch. His most recent book is Plutarch’s Religious Landscapes (with Rainer Hirsch-Luipold; Brill, 2021).

Jacques van der Vliet, Ph.D. (1996), Leiden University, is emeritus Professor of Religions of Ancient Egypt at Radboud University, Nijmegen, and currently affiliated with the Leiden Institute for Area Studies and the Netherlands Institute for the Near East, Leiden. He publishes widely on all aspects of Coptic literary culture. Recent books include The Coptic Life of Aaron (with Jitse Dijkstra; Brill, 2020).
Post-graduate students and researchers in early-Christian and late-antique studies, patristics and medieval and Eastern Christian literature; Copticists.
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