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The Deaths of the Apostles in the Apocryphal Acts
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies and Theology. Åbo Akademi. (Biblical Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2203-7977
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
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Abstract [en]

Although far less prominent than the death of Jesus, the passing away of his disciples can arguably be described as some of the most significant events in first-century Christianity, and the way in which they were depicted in ancient literature can tell us how early Christian authors imagined how a Christian should live and die. This paper studies how the apostles’ deaths are depicted in the collections of early Christian stories known as the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles – stories whose predominantly fictional nature give their authors freedom to depict their protagonist’s de- mise as an ideal Christian death. In comparison to how an ideal death is conceived in Greco-Roman culture in general, and in philosophical biographies in particular, these apocryphal death scenes are found to manifest many of the same ideals – calm, control, and consistency – while adding Christian values such as belief in immediate resurrection and the importance of teaching and evangelizing to your last breath.

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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-1658OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1658DiVA, id: diva2:1681037
Conference
European Association of Biblical Studies, Toulouse 4-7 July 2022
Available from: 2022-07-05 Created: 2022-07-05 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved

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