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Apocryphal Acts among Greek Biographies and Paradoxographies: A Question of Genre
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]

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.

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2022.
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Biblical Studies, New testament
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1707OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1707DiVA, id: diva2:1712133
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SBL, Denver, November 19-22
Available from: 2022-11-21 Created: 2022-11-21 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved

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