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Most critics, whether Catholic (Duchesne, Bardenhewer, Ehrhard etc.), or Protestant (Zahn, Harnack, Corssen etc.), believe that these are real "Acta Pauli", although the text edited by Schmidt, with its very numerous gaps, represents but a small portion of the original work.
This discovery modified the generally accepted ideas concerning the origin, contents, and value of these apocryphal Acts, and warrants the conclusion that three ancient compositions which have reached us formed an integral part of the "Acta Pauli" viz.
This, however, does not imply that none of the details have historical foundation, but they must be confirmed by an independent authority.It is of interest to note even the abortive attempts, because the discovery of an inscription or of a coin may any day transform an approximate date into an absolutely fixed point.These are All these events, as far as they may be assigned approximate dates, agree with the Apostle's general chronology but give no precise results.Another consequence of Schmidt's discovery is no less interesting.Lipsius maintained and this was hitherto the common opinion that besides the Catholic "Acts" there formerly existed Gnostic "Acts of Paul", but now everything tends to prove that the latter never existed.