Other Apocryphal Acts

J. K. Elliott

in The Apocryphal New Testament

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780198261827
Published online April 2009 |
Other Apocryphal Acts

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The minor Acts, especially those known from the oriental tradition, show the development from rather dim historical reminiscences used as a framework for doctrinal teaching to thaumaturgy plus doctrine and then to pure thaumaturgy. In these Acts the teaching is conventional, and becomes increasingly perfunctory, while the miracles become increasingly sensational, with an obvious borrowing from pagan romances as is evidenced in the Clementine literature (q.v.) and in the Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena (below, 5). From a theological point of view these texts are of little significance, but as depositories of legend and art they have considerable interest.

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Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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