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Discipleship Ideals in the Acts of Philip
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies and Theology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2203-7977
2021 (English)In: The Apostles Peter, Paul, John, Thomas and Philip with their Companions in Late Antiquity / [ed] Tobias Nicklas, Janet Spittler, and Jan N. Bremmer, Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2021, p. 314-332Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

How we categorize early Christian literature has an immense impact on what we expect to find in these ancient writings, and how we are prepared to interpret them. Grouped with apocryphal gospels and apocalypses, the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles have been viewed primarily as heretical writings, representing alternative Christianities that were effectually silenced by the processes of canonization. While they certainly contain evidence of such silenced theologies, the Acts themselves are more likely to be complementary writings, aiming to edify, educate and entertain early Christian readers without intention to replace or correct any canonical material. This chapter offers another angle on two early Christian stories, Acts of Philip 1 and Acts of Philip 8–Martyrdom of Philip. Regarded as parts of the reception history of the Synoptic Gospels, these stories will be found to interact with theological ideas expressed in the Gospels without necessarily setting out to either defend or correct them. More specifically, I study how ideals for early Christian discipleship – traits expected from an ideal Christian disciple – are transformed from the earlier Gospels to the later narratives about the apostle Philip. 

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Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2021. p. 314-332
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Studies on Early Christian Apocrypha ; 17
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Religious Studies
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Biblical Studies, New testament
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1365ISBN: 9789042945531 (print)ISBN: 9789042945548 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1365DiVA, id: diva2:1567586
Available from: 2021-06-16 Created: 2021-06-16 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved

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