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Berglund, Carl Johan, Teologie doktorORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-2203-7977
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Berglund, C. J. (2024). The Ascetic Subculture of the Acts of Thomas and His Wonderworking Skin. Vigiliae christianae (Print), 78(1), 8-31
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Ascetic Subculture of the Acts of Thomas and His Wonderworking Skin
2024 (English)In: Vigiliae christianae (Print), ISSN 0042-6032, E-ISSN 1570-0720, Vol. 78, no 1, p. 8-31Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In a fourth- or fifth-century narrative known as the Acts of Thomas and his Wonderworking Skin, Jesus sells the apostle Thomas as a slave to the governor of India. When the governor’s wife converts to Christianity, dumps all her earthly riches outside her front door, and turns celibate, the governor has the apostle tortured and his skin flayed off, but Thomas survives, and uses his peeled-off skin to raise the dead. This paper uses Kathryn Tanner’s concept of culture to compare the ideals advocated by this story – servitude to Christ, voluntary poverty, sexual abstinence, readiness to suffer, and zeal for evangelization – to ideals expressed in first-century Christian literature. The subculture expressed by the narrative is found to consist entirely of ideals also expressed in the New Testament, which are updated, recontextualized, and radicalized in order to reach an audience of fourth- or fifth-century Christians.

Keywords
apocryphal acts; celibacy; encratism; mission; poverty; slavery
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Biblical Studies, New testament
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1944 (URN)10.1163/15700720-bja10073 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-07-26 Created: 2023-07-26 Last updated: 2024-01-26Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2024). Thekla från Ikonion: Fornkyrkans bortglömda förebild. Hybrid, 2, 1-25
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Thekla från Ikonion: Fornkyrkans bortglömda förebild
2024 (Swedish)In: Hybrid, ISSN 2004-5425, Vol. 2, p. 1-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Bakom några av de mest inflytelserika av den tidiga kyrkans fäder och mödrar döljer sig en förebildernas förebild, den idag närmast okända tonårsflickan Thekla från Ikonion (första århundradet e.Kr.), som enligt berättelsen lämnade en bekväm överklasstillvaro för att i Paulus efterföljd sprida evangeliet i Mindre Asien. Den här artikeln analyserar hur Thekla fungerar som förebild för senare generationers kristna, som Gregorios av Nyssa och hans storasyster Makrina (300-talet e.Kr.), och diskuterar hur Theklas berättelse kan fungera förebildligt i en nutida frikyrklig kontext

National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Biblical Studies, New testament; Church History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-2214 (URN)10.58412/hyb.v2i1.14815 (DOI)
Available from: 2024-01-31 Created: 2024-01-31 Last updated: 2024-01-31
Berglund, C. J. (2023). Att möta vilddjuren i egna kläder: Kultur, status och värdighet på arenan i Karthago. Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, 99(3), 215-228
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att möta vilddjuren i egna kläder: Kultur, status och värdighet på arenan i Karthago
2023 (Swedish)In: Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, ISSN 0039-6761, Vol. 99, no 3, p. 215-228Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Motsättningar inom ett samhälle blir sällan skarpare än när människor avrättas för att ha brutit mot samhällsgemenskapens grundläggande normer. En ideologisk text som tillkommit i en sådan situation kan därför förväntas skildra kontrasten mellan samhället och den egna gruppen i tydligast möjliga ordalag, även om skillnaderna i faktiska värderingar inte alltid är så stora. Ett gott exempel på detta är Perpetuas och Felicitas martyrium, där vi har goda skäl att tro oss möta en ung kvinnas egen berättelse om sina upplevelser, känslor och visioner inför mötet med vilddjuren på den romerska arenan i Karthago. Med hjälp av Kathryn Tanners kulturteori kan vi urskilja de beteendemönster som framstår som normer och ideal i martyriet, och inse att de visioner och den oberördhet inför döden som etablerar Perpetuas auktoritet är väletablerade ideal även inom den grekisk-romerska kulturen. De värderingar som skiljer martyriets ideologi från det omgivande samhället är två: normen att vägra offra till de grekisk-romerska gudarna och föreställningen att alla människor, oavsett samhällelig status, äger en inneboende värdighet.

National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Biblical Studies, New testament
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1982 (URN)
Available from: 2023-10-02 Created: 2023-10-02 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2023). Mimetic Mediators: How the Markan Disciples Facilitate Emulating Jesus. In: : . Paper presented at EABS Annual Meeting, 10-13 July in Syracuse, Italy.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mimetic Mediators: How the Markan Disciples Facilitate Emulating Jesus
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Can the Markan disciples still be viewed as role models for the Gospel audience if secondary characters in Graeco-Roman biographies are only included for what they contribute to the portrait of the protagonist? This paper argues that ancient biographers used followers of their central characters also to provide multiple mimetic patters that clarify, broaden, and mitigate what it means to imitate their heroes. Mark’s cast of secondary characters offers three alternative patterns of behaviour for potential followers of Jesus: apostles, who emulate his itinerant lifestyle of preaching, healing, and exorcism; hosts, who provide apostles with food and shelter in their homes; and supporters, who serve the movement in other ways in accordance with their various abilities.

National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Biblical Studies, New testament
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1940 (URN)
Conference
EABS Annual Meeting, 10-13 July in Syracuse, Italy
Available from: 2023-07-13 Created: 2023-07-13 Last updated: 2024-01-11Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2023). Perpetua's Dignity on the Arena of Carthage. In: : . Paper presented at Second International Conference on Early Christian Literature, Late Antique and Byzantine Hagiography: ”Imitationes Christi and Women Martyrs”, Universitat de València 5–7 September.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Perpetua's Dignity on the Arena of Carthage
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Rarely are competing ideologies as sharply contrasted as in early Christian martyr stories, where the heroes are executed for rejecting what in Roman society is regarded as fundamental norms. A prominent example is the second-century Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity, which claims to document a young Christian woman’s own experiences, emotions, and mystical visions while awaiting her death among the beasts on the Carthaginian arena. This study makes use of Kathryn Tanner’s theory of cultures as overlapping sets of behavioral patterns, continuously renegotiated by consensus efforts within a social group, to discern the norms and ideals of the implied author of the Martyrdom, and compares those to well-established patterns within the larger Greco-Roman culture. It concludes that the contrast is considerably less sharp than depicted: while Perpetua’s refusal to sacrifice to the Roman gods and her insistence on human dignity even for prisoners awaiting execution are in conflict with Roman society, her visionary ability and calm bravery in face of death are patterns well in tune with Greco-Roman ideals, and serve to elevate Perpetua’s status in the eyes of her tormentors.

National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Biblical Studies, New testament
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1966 (URN)
Conference
Second International Conference on Early Christian Literature, Late Antique and Byzantine Hagiography: ”Imitationes Christi and Women Martyrs”, Universitat de València 5–7 September
Available from: 2023-09-05 Created: 2023-09-05 Last updated: 2024-01-11Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2023). Peter’s Thaumaturgic Development from Observer to Performer. In: : . Paper presented at EABS Annual Meeting, 10-13 July in Syracuse, Italy.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Peter’s Thaumaturgic Development from Observer to Performer
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Although it is likely that the character of Simon Peter we encounter in the Gospel of Mark is based on the memory of a historical person, the character undergoes considerable innovation in later narratives such as the Gospel of Matthew, the canonical Acts of the Apostles, and the apocryphal Acts of Peter. While the Markan Peter witnesses Jesus performing a multitude of miracles without being named as the performer of a single one, later stories has him walking on water (Matt 14:22–33), healing paralytics (Acts 3:1–10, 9:32–35), making a dog speak (Acts Paul 9.9–15), miraculously repairing a shattered marble statue (Acts Pet. 11.8–23), and even raising several people from the dead (Acts 9:36–42; Acts Pet. 27.1–11, 28.63–66). This paper analyses how the miracles ascribed to Peter contribute to the narrative plot in view, develop the characterization of Peter, and respond to the putative needs of the author.

National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Biblical Studies, New testament; Biblical Studies, New testament
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1941 (URN)
Conference
EABS Annual Meeting, 10-13 July in Syracuse, Italy
Available from: 2023-07-13 Created: 2023-07-13 Last updated: 2024-01-11Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2023). Review of Alexander Kocar, Heavenly Stories: Tiered Salvation in the New Testament and Ancient Christianity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021) [Review]. Journal of early Christian studies (Print) (1), 109-110
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Alexander Kocar, Heavenly Stories: Tiered Salvation in the New Testament and Ancient Christianity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021)
2023 (English)In: Journal of early Christian studies (Print), ISSN 1067-6341, E-ISSN 1086-3184, no 1, p. 109-110Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Biblical Studies, New testament
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1811 (URN)10.1353/earl.2023.0007 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-04-01 Created: 2023-04-01 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2023). Review of Nathan L. Shedd, A Dangerous Parting: The Beheading of John the Baptist in Early Christian Memory (Baylor, 2021) [Review]. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 74(2), 401-402
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Nathan L. Shedd, A Dangerous Parting: The Beheading of John the Baptist in Early Christian Memory (Baylor, 2021)
2023 (English)In: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, ISSN 0022-0469, E-ISSN 1469-7637, Vol. 74, no 2, p. 401-402Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Biblical Studies, New testament
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1821 (URN)10.1017/S0022046923000404 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-05-01 Created: 2023-05-01 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2023). The Sinful Nation: Isa 1:2–17 in Anti-Jewish Early Christian Interpretation. In: : . Paper presented at The Book of Isaiah between Judeo-Christian Borderlines, Åbo Akademi, 5 maj 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Sinful Nation: Isa 1:2–17 in Anti-Jewish Early Christian Interpretation
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Biblical Studies, New testament
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1824 (URN)
Conference
The Book of Isaiah between Judeo-Christian Borderlines, Åbo Akademi, 5 maj 2023
Available from: 2023-05-05 Created: 2023-05-05 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved
Berglund, C. J. (2022). Apocryphal Acts among Greek Biographies and Paradoxographies: A Question of Genre. In: : . Paper presented at SBL, Denver, November 19-22.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Apocryphal Acts among Greek Biographies and Paradoxographies: A Question of Genre
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles are often viewed as Christian counterparts to the ancient novels – a genre that certainly reflects their fictional character, but neither their fascination with the foreign, strange, and miraculous, nor their focus on named historical figures such as the apostles. These interests are rather the defining features of the ancient genres of paradoxography and biography, where the latter includes mostly fictional works on historical or even mythological figures such as Heracles. This paper uses cognitive genre theory to analyze how the Apocryphal Acts participate in both of these two ancient genres.

National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Biblical Studies, New testament
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1707 (URN)
Conference
SBL, Denver, November 19-22
Available from: 2022-11-21 Created: 2022-11-21 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved
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