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E07880: The Greek Acts of Andrew and Matthias narrate how *Matthias (the Apostle, S01784) is held prisoner in the land of the anthropophagoi (cannibals), and is rescued by *Andrew (the Apostle, S00288). Skeleton entry

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The Acts of Andrew and Matthias (BHG 109-110)

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Evidence ID


Saint Name

Andrew, the Apostle : S00288 Matthias, the Apostle : S01784

Type of Evidence

Literary - Hagiographical - Other saint-related texts


  • Greek


The Acts of Andrew and Matthias are generally dated to the 4th century. The text was translated into numerous languages (see Elliott 1993, 240-242); a Latin version was used by Gregory of Tours for his Miracles of Andrew (E07877).


In some versions of the story narrated in the Acts of Andrew and Matthias, the Apostle rescued by Andrew is not Matthias (S01784), who was made an Apostle in the place of Judas, but the more celebrated figure of Matthew the Evangelist (S00791). This is the case in the treatment of the story by Gregory of Tours in his Miracles of Andrew (E07877).


Editions: Prieur, J.-M., Acta Andreae (Corpus Christianorum, Series Apocryphorum 5-6; Turnhout: Brepols, 1989). MacDonald, D.R., The Acts of Andrew and the Acts of Andrew and Matthias in the City of Cannibals (Texts and Translations 33; Atlanta: Scholars' Press, 1990), with English translation. Blatt, F., Die lateinischen Bearbeitungen der Acta Andreae et Matthiae apud anthropophagos (Giessen, 1930). Further reading: Elliott, J.K., The Apocryphal New Testament: A Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature in an English Translation (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993). Flamion, J., Les Actes Apocryphes de l'Apôtre André. Les Actes d'André et de Mathias, de Pierre et d'André et les textes apparentés (Louvain, 1911). Roig Lanzillotta, L., Acta Andreae Apocrypha: A New Perspective on the Nature, Intention and Significance of the Primitive Text (Geneva: Patrick Cramer, 2007).

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