By JN Bremmer

ISBN-10: 9042910704

ISBN-13: 9789042910706

The Apocryphal Acts of Thomas is the 1st smooth number of reports at the most vital features of the Acts of Thomas, an early Christian form of novel, which used to be initially written both in Greek or Syriac. the quantity begins with the memoirs of the Altmeister Fre Klijn concerning his personal function within the examine of the Acts. he's via an research of the elusive phenomenon of Thomas Christianity. the key a part of the booklet reports quite a few facets and passages of the Acts: narrative concepts, the heavenly palace, components of plot, the well-known Hymn of the Pearl, the serpent, girls, and the much-debated connection of Thomas with India. As one of those precis of the result of a few of our earlier investigations, the penultimate bankruptcy takes a clean examine the authors, position, time and readership of the key Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles. As has develop into popular, the quantity is rounded off by means of a bibliography and an in depth index (Peeters 2002)

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Toward a Literal Reading of the Gospels'. in Bauckham, Tlie Gospels ,for All Cliristinns, 195-217. Watson argues most strenuously against Bultmann and Marxsen. claiming that their form-critical and redaction-critical work is essentially a modem form of allegorical interpretation. ' We must first of all be attentive to issues of literary type and function. ii~thiansto the assumption that similar issues must be in view in the gospels and acts. Though even the letters have narrative elements and can be read as stories with profit3< we can presume that at least the authentic letters are addressing actual, living people who have real, pressing concerns like sexual ethics, the conduct and import of rituals such as baptism and the Lord's Supper, or the promised parousiu of the Lord.

Sontheimer (eds), Det- kleitie Pauly I (Miinchen 1975) 201-4 at 201. The image of Ethiopians relied primarily on mythological notions. Cf. K. ~ e r e n ~Die i , ,qt-iechisch-ot-ieti&lische Romanliterat~rr(Darmstadt, 1962') 50-1. Egypt was called black after THE BRIDE OF THE DEMON 43 home from the banquet, the daughter catches sight of the two men, and runs to her mother. Here the Greek text is unclear: a possible reading is that the servants ran away and the demons struck the two women on the ground.

From time to time the narration of the text is given over to different characters. Thus the narrative offers multiple perspectives of the affair of the demon and the woman. It is always to the apostle that one of the characters tells the story, and Thomas behaves like a judge listening to the parties presenting their cases. Tlie dragon's s t o p (31): In the first episode it is the dragon who reports the events to the apostle. Already the first sentence betrays that he will deliver a forensic speech, an apology: 'I will tell before you for what reason I killed him'.

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