Chapter

Thecla's Prayer for Falconilla

Jeffrey A. Trumbower

in Rescue for the Dead

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780195140996
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834747 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195140990.003.0004

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

 Thecla's Prayer for Falconilla

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Christian Theology

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

Chapter three is an intensive study of one of the Apocryphal Acts of the apostles, namely, the second‐century Acts of Paul, which includes a long section about Thecla, a female companion of Paul from Iconium in Asia Minor. Thecla is probably a fictional character, but her story can tell us much about Christian attitudes toward rescue for the dead. On the night before she is to become a martyr for her Christian faith, Thecla utters a prayer for the dead pagan Falconilla, the daughter of Thecla's newly acquired pagan friend Tryphaena. Falconilla had appeared to her mother in a dream to request a transfer to the “place of the righteous,” and Thecla accomplishes this with her prayer.

Keywords: Acts of Paul; Apocryphal Acts; dream; Falconilla; Iconium; martyr; prayer for the dead; Thecla

Chapter.  10149 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.