Irish treatise on the twelve apostles (genealogy, appearance, death)

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
An Irish treatise on the Twelve Apostles, their genealogies, their personal appearances (chiefly hair and beards), their deaths and their burial places.
First words (prose)
  • Petar apstal cetus, do threb Iuda dó
pp. 180b.inf–181a.m
rubric: ‘Incipit do bungenelaig na n-apstal ⁊ dia n-oidedaib ⁊ dia n-ecosc ⁊ donalloca in rohadnacit iat imraiter sund’
col. 247
rubric: ‘Incipit do bunadh geinilaigh na n-apsdal ⁊ da n-aighenaib ⁊ dia n-egosc ⁊ dia n-uaisle ⁊ d'ínadhaib a n-aideda ⁊ a n-adnaicthe annso sis’
f. 24(26)vb.m
rubric: ‘Do bungenelachaib na n-apstal ⁊ da n-aigheadhaibh ⁊ da n-égosc d'fi[...?] a n-uaisle ⁊ da inadaibh í n-adnaicce annso’
  • Middle Irish
  • Middle Irish?
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Irish note on the twelve apostles (Christus dub dond a folt)Irish note on the twelve apostles (Christus dub dond a folt)Medieval Irish note in prose on the personal appearances, chiefly hair and beards, of Christ and his apostles.



Twelve Apostles
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[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley, “The Irish verses, notes and glosses in Harl. 1802”, Revue Celtique 8 (1887): 346–369, 538 (errata).
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362–365 Text from Leabhar Breac.

Secondary sources (select)

McNamara, Martin, The apocrypha in the Irish Church, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1975.
85 [id. 74B.] On the LB copy.
Plummer, Charles, “A tentative catalogue of Irish hagiography”, in: Charles Plummer, Miscellanea hagiographica Hibernica: vitae adhuc ineditae sanctorum Mac Creiche, Naile, Cranat, 15, Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1925. 171–285.
Utrecht University Library: <link>
256–257 [id. 310.]
Dennis Groenewegen
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