Dance of the Savior

Chorea salvatoris

Standard abbreviation: Dance Sav.

Other titles: Hymn to the Cross

Clavis numbers: to be determined

Category: Pseudo-Apostolic Memoirs

Related literature: Discourse of the Savior, Berlin-Strasbourg Apocryphon, Acts of John

Compiled by: Paul Dilley, University of Iowa (paul-dilley@uiowa.edu)

Citing this resource (using Chicago Manual of Style): Dilley, Paul. “Dance of the Savior.” e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha. Accessed DAY MONTH YEAR. http://www.nasscal.com/e-clavis-christian-apocrypha/dance-of-the-savior/.

Posted October 2016.

1. SUMMARY

The Dance of the Savior takes place on the Mount of Olives before the crucifixion (perhaps as an expansion of Mark 14:26//Matt 26:30). Jesus gathers the apostles around him and sings a hymn in four parts. The cross again takes center-stage, with Jesus singing such lines as “I will give my light to you, O Cross” and “Receive me to you, O Cross,” to which the apostles respond with “Amen.” Dance Sav. appears to be an excerpt from the Gospel of the Savior (aka the Apocryphon Berolinense/Argentoratense). 

Named historical figures and characters: “Holy Members” (the Apostles), Jesus Christ.

Geographical locations: Mount of Olives.

2. RESOURCES

online-bulletPaul Dilley, “Jesus as Lord of the Dance: From early Christianity to medieval Nubia,” Bible History Daily (posted 15 August 2016). Online: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/post-biblical-period/jesus-as-lord-of-the-dance/.

3. BIBLIOGRAPHY

3.1 Manuscripts and Editions

ma-bulletCoptic Qasr el-Wizz Codex (Aswan, Nubian Museum, Special Number 168; formerly Cairo, Coptic Museum inv. 6566; ca. 1000)

Hubai, Péter. Koptische Apokryphen aus Nubien. Der Qasr el-Wizz Kodex. TUGAL 163. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009. Translation by Angelika Balog of A Megváltó a keresztr?l: Kopt apokrifek Núbiából (A Kasr El-Wizz kódex). Cahiers Patristiques, Textes Coptes. Budapest: Szent István Társulat, 2006. (editio princeps of the Qasr el-Wizz texts).

Tsakos, online-bulletAlexandros, Christian Bull, Lloyd Abercrombie, and Einar Thomassen. “Miscellanea Epigraphica Nubica IV: A New Edition of the Wizz Codex with an English Translation.” Collectanea Christiana Orientalia 10 (2013): 193–209.

3.2 Modern Translations

Dilley, Paul C. “The Discourse of the Savior and the Dance of the Savior.” Pages 184–96 in vol. 1 of New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures. Edited by Tony Burke and Brent Landau. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016.

3.3 General Works

Dilley, Paul C. “Christus Saltans as Dionysos and David: The Dance of the Savior in its Late-Antique Cultural Context.” Apocrypha 24 (2013): 237–53.

Piovanelli, Pierluigi. “Thursday Night Fever: Dancing and Singing with Jesus in the Gospel of the Savior and the Dance of the Savior Around the Cross.” Early Christianity 3 (2012): 229–48.