Letter of the Apostles
Letter of the Apostles is a work from the New Testament apocrypha. It was within the canon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, but not re-discovered in the Western world until the 20th century.
In 51 chapters, it takes the form of a letter from the apostles describing key events of the life of Jesus, followed by a dialogue between Jesus and the apostles.
In the Catholic church, the status of the text is unknown, as there are no clear references to it. The text itself appears to be based on parts of the New Testament, in particular the Gospel of John, as well as the Apocalypse of Peter, Epistle of Barnabas, and Shepherd of Hermas, all of which were considered inspired by various groups within the early church.
One of the reasons the text probably fell into disuse by the mainstream churches is that its claim that the 'Second Coming' shall be 150 years after the time of the vision - this obviously failed to occur.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church regularly used it, and accepted it as basic orthodoxy and not heretical.
Year: 140-150 BC
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