By Janet E. Spittler

ISBN-10: 3161497317

ISBN-13: 9783161497315

Animals play famous, usually bizarre, roles within the hugely exciting 5 significant apocryphal acts of the apostles, the Acts of Andrew, Acts of John, Acts of Peter, Acts of Paul and Acts of Thomas . Lions, bears, canine, bedbugs, asses or even seals seem in those narratives - a few pleasant, a few vicious, a few with the potential for human speech.
Janet E. Spittler argues that those animal episodes have a better, extra complicated value than has formerly been famous, interpreting those texts in the extensive context of Greco-Roman literature and featuring new interpretations of every animal-related episode. The traditional features of those animals - identified to historical authors and audiences via common old compendia, historiography and biography, present philosophical debates, fables, and novelistic literature - are deliberately and cleverly evoked by means of the authors of the apocryphal acts, frequently helping underscore key issues of the works. Janet E. Spittler contends that the usually very confident presentation of animals in those texts deals a counterbalance to the customarily destructive depiction of animals in different early Christian literature, hence her publication has extensive implications for modern understandings of early Christian attitudes in the direction of animals and the traditional world.

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