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Title: The Apocryphal Acts of Thomas
Author: Bremmer, Jan N (ed)
Publisher: Peeters; Publication Date: 2002
Paperback; ISBN: 9789042910706
Volumes: 1; Pages: 189
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The Apocryphal Acts of Thomas is the first modern collection of studies on the most important aspects of the Acts of Thomas, an early Christian kind of novel, which was originally written either in Greek or Syriac. The volume starts with the memoirs of the Altmeister Fr Klijn regarding his own role in the study of the Acts. He is followed by an analysis of the elusive phenomenon of Thomas Christianity. The major part of the book studies various aspects and passages of the Acts: narrative strategies, the heavenly palace, factors of plot, the famous Hymn of the Pearl, the serpent, women, and the much-debated connection of Thomas with India. As a kind of summary of the results of some of our previous investigations, the penultimate chapter takes a fresh look at the authors, place, time and readership of the major Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles. As has become customary, the volume is rounded off by a bibliography and a detailed index.Table of ContentsThe Acts of Thomas revisited / A.F.J. Klijn Thomas Christianity: scholars in quest of a community / Ph. Sellew The bride of the demon: narrative strategies of self-definition in the Acts of Thomas / I. Czachesz The heavenly palace in the Acts of Thomas / A. Hilhorst Thomas, the slave of the Lord / M. Pesthy The Acts of Thomas: place, date and women / J.N. Bremmer Human nature and character as moving factors of plot in the Acts of Thomas / J. Bolyki The hymn of Jude Thomas, the apostle, in the country of the Indians / G.P. Luttikhuizen The serpent in the Acts of Thomas / T. Adamik India and the apostolate of St. Thomas / L.P. van den Bosch The five major apocryphal Acts: authors, place, time and readership / J.N. Bremmer.