A passage of Papias in Cramer’s catena

There is a fragment of Papias, quoted by Apollinaris, in Cramer’s catena on Acts.  It’s on page 12, against Acts 1:17 (p. 33 of the Google books PDF).  It is translated by Lightfoot and Harmer:

Fragment 3 (Preserved in Cramer’s Catena ad Acta SS. Apost. [1838])

1  From Apollinarius of Laodicea. `Judas did not die by hanging, but lived on, having been cut down before he was suffocated. And the Acts of the Apostles show this, that _falling headlong he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out._ This fact is related more clearly by Papias, the disciple of John, in the fourth (book) of the Exposition of the Oracles of the Lord as follows: –

2  “Judas walked about in this world a terrible example of impiety; his flesh swollen to such an extent that, where a waggon can pass with ease, he was not able to pass, no, not even the mass of his head merely. They say that his eyelids swelled to such an extent that he could not see the light at all, while as for his eyes they were not visible even by a physician looking through an instrument, so far had they sunk from the surface.  His genital was larger and presented a more repugnant sight than has ever been seen; and through it there seeped from every part of the body a procession of pus and worms to his shame, even as he relieved himself.”‘

3 After suffering an agony of pain and punishment, he finally went, as they say it, to his own place; and because of the horrible smell the area has been deserted and no one has lived there up until now; in fact, even to the present no one can go by that place without holding his nose.  This was because the discharge from his body was so great and spread so far over the ground.”‘

The Greek is thus:

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6 Responses to “A passage of Papias in Cramer’s catena”


  1. Roger Pearse

    See also this post.

  2. Tom Schmidt

    Hi Roger, This quotation is also given by Oecumenius and others. I blogged about this here

    http://www.chronicon.net/blog/papias/papias-quote-from-apollinarius-apollinaris-of-laodicea/

  3. Stephen C. Carlson

    Cramer was fairly accurate but there are errors. A more accurate edition with a larger textual base is that of J. Reuss.

  4. Roger Pearse

    Thank you. Do you have the bibliographic reference for Reuss?

  5. Stephen C. Carlson

    Joseph Reuss, Matthäus-Kommentare aus der griechischen Kirche (TU 61; Berlin, 1957).

  6. Roger Pearse

    Thank you.