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Author: Bremmer, Jan N (ed)
Publisher: Peeters; Publication Date: 1996
Paperback; ISBN: 9789039001523
Volumes: 1; Pages: 210
This is the first modern book, which studies the most important aspects of this early Christian treatise, of which especially the Acts of Thecla and the Martyrdom of Paul were immensely popular in the Christian Church, from Armenia to Anglo-Saxon England. The volume studies (1) the readership of the Acts, (2) important themes such as the resurrection, possible gnostic elements, the role of women (with a detailed study of the Acts of Thecla), Paul's encounter with the lion, his physiognomy, the events after Paul's martyrdom, the relationship with the canonical Acts and the text of the famous Codex Bezae, parallels with the Old and New Testament, and (3) the popularity of Thecla in later times. The wealth of episodes and details in these Acts makes the book of great interest to church historians, ancient historians, students of the New Testament, early Christianity, the ancient novel and of Women's Studies.
Preface Notes on contributors List of abbreviations I The description of Paul in the Acta Pauli 1II A wealthy woman named Tryphaena: patroness of Thecla of Iconium 16III Magic, martyrdom and women's liberation in the Acts of Paul and Thecla 36IV The baptized lion in the Acts of Paul 60V The apocryphal correspondence with the Corinthians and the Acts of Paul 75VI Events after the martyrdom: missionary transformation of an apocalyptical metaphor in Martyrium Pauli 92VII The Acts of Paul and the Western text of Luke's Acts: Paul between canon and apocrypha 107VIII The resurrection in the Acts of Paul 126IX New Testament parallels to the Acta Pauli documents 142X Tertullian on the Acts of Paul 150XI Thecla in the Fathers of the Church 164XII Heroism in the Acts of Paul and in the Bible 179XIII Bibliography of Acts of Paul 191Index of names, subjects and passages 199