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Agrapha (Scattered Dominical Sayings)
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The Greek loanword (lit. “unwritten,” pl.) is a term with only limited usefulness in modern Jesus research. In contrast to “written” and requiring specification by a noun (“logia” in the sense of “dominical sayings”), it does indeed allude to Early Church diction, but is now used as a collective term for dominical sayings not contained in the canonical Gospels.

These are to be found in ancient literature of Christian, but also of Jewish and Islamic provenience, while the term does not presume a chronological limitation or an evaluation of…

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Lührmann, Dieter, “Agrapha (Scattered Dominical Sayings)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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