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Title: Apocryphal Acts of Thomas
Author: Bremmer, Jan N
Additional Authors or Contributors: (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 Contents
The 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.
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