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Table of Contents for
Flora Tells a Story: The Apocalypse of Paul and its Contexts edited by Michael Kaler



The Text

English Translation of the Apocalypse of Paul (NHC V,2)

Flora Tells a Story: A Fictional Account of the Creation of the Apocalypse of Paul


The Story

Section One: “The Apocalypse of Paul is a text...”

Presentation of the Manuscript, Editio Princeps, and Translations/Editions

History of Research

Section Two: “written in the late 2nd or early 3rd century by a gnostic (possibly Valentinian) author...”


Patristic References to the Apocalypse of Paul

Similarities between Adv. Haer. II, 30.7 and the Apocalypse of Paul

Ramifications of This Conclusion

Is It Gnostic? Is It Valentinian?


Section Three: “showing the apostle Paul...”


Towards an Expanded Definition of Paulinism

Koschorke, and the Importance of Supplementing Koschorke

The Figure of Paul in the Apocalypse of Paul

The Apocalyptic Paul

Conclusion to This Section

Section Four: “as an apocalyptic hero...”


Apocalypse/ Apocalyptic/ Apocalypticism

The Apocalypses

Characteristics of the Apocalyptic Genre

The Apocalypse of Adam

The Apocalypse of Paul

Other Examples

Francis Cairns

Alistair Fowler


Rhetorical Strategy/Authority

A Transposition of Heavens?

The Place of the Apocalypse of Paul in the Apocalyptic Literary Tradition


Section Five: “ order to authoritatively present a gnostic understanding of the cosmos and the Pauline writings.”


The Story

The Author’s Use of Her Sources

Christian Initiation



General Conclusion

Works Consulted


People (Ancient or Mythical) and Ancient Groups

People: Modern

Ancient Books: Hebrew Bible/New Testament

Other Ancient Writings

Ancient Places