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Elijah as an Archetype for the Apostles according to the Apocryphal Acts
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies and Theology. Åbo Akademi.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2203-7977
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Christian fiction from late antiquity, Christ’s apostles are given bread by angels, provide an inexhaustible food source, part the waters, and raise a widow’s son from the dead right before challenging their opponent to a duel of miracles. Even though Elijah’s name is never mentioned, the insightful reader may recognize the allusions to 1–2 Kings, and the miracles performed by the old Tishbite. Elijah was a well-known figure in early Christian literature – enough so that the authors of the Gospel of Mark, the Epistle of James, and the Life of Antony could trust their readers to recognize veiled allusions to the prophet even without the aid of his name. This paper argues that the Elijah cycle also functions as a subtext in the early Christian stories of Andrew and the cannibals (Acts Andr. Mth.) and Peter’s confrontation with the magician Simon (Acts Pet.), suggesting to the insightful reader that these two apostles are as powerful wonderworkers as the prophet Elijah.

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2022.
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Religious Studies
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Biblical Studies, New testament
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1627DiVA, id: diva2:1666152
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Depictions of the Prophet Elijah in Jewish and Christian Contexts: Literary and Visual Sources, The Newman Seminar in Late Ancient and Byzantine Cultures, Zoom on the 8th of June 2022, at 13–18 pm
Available from: 2022-06-08 Created: 2022-06-08 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved

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