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Maidens, magic and martyrs in early Christianity : collected essays. I

Author: Jan N Bremmer
Publisher: Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, [2017] ©2017
Series: Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 379.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why did the early followers of Jesus call themselves "Christians"? What was their social and religious capital? Why did Christianity attract both poor widows and wealthy women? What did pagans think of early Christians? Integrating the major apocryphal Acts of the Apostles in the study of Christianity and the ancient world, Jan N. Bremmer illustrates their prominence of women and their sometimes surprising usage of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Essays
Named Person: Perpetua, Saint; Perpetua, Saint
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan N Bremmer
ISBN: 9783161544507 3161544501
OCLC Number: 1001437082
Notes: Collection of texts published previously.
Description: xviii, 501 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1: Why did Jesus' followers call themselves 'Christians'? --
2: The social and religious capital of the early Christians --
3: Why did early Christianity attract upper-class women? --
4: Pauper or patroness: the widow in the early Christian church --
5: Peregrinus' Christian career --
6: The domestication of early Christian prophecy --
7: Women in the Acts of John --
8: Man, magic, and martyrdom in the Acts of Andrew --
9: Aspects of the Acts of Peter: women, magic, place and date --
10: Magic, martyrdom and women's liberation in the acts of Paul and Thekla --
11: The Acts of Thomas: place, date and women --
12: Conversion in the oldest apocryphal Acts --
13: Magic in the apocryphal Acts --
14: The apocryphal Acts: authors, place, time and readership --
15: Pseudo-Clementines: texts, dates, places, authors and magic --
16: Apion and Anoubion in the Homilies --
17: The Apocalypse of Peter: Greek or Jewish? --
18: The Apocalypse of Peter: place, date and punishments --
19: Christian Hell: from the Apocalypse of Peter to the Apocalypse of Paul --
20: Tours of Hell: Greek, Jewish, Roman and early Christian --
21: Descents to Hell and ascents to Heaven in apocalyptic literature --
22: Perpetua and her diary: authenticity, family and visions --
23: Felicitas: the martyrdom of a young African woman --
24: The motivation of martyrs: Perpetua and the Palestinians --
25: Passio perpetuae 2, 16 and 17 --
26: The vision of Saturus in the Passio perpetuae --
27: Contextualising Heaven in third-century North Africa.
Series Title: Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 379.
Responsibility: Jan N. Bremmer.

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Why did the early followers of Jesus call themselves "Christians"? What was their social and religious capital? Why did Christianity attract both poor widows and wealthy women? What did pagans think of early Christians? Integrating the major apocryphal Acts of the Apostles in the study of Christianity and the ancient world, Jan N. Bremmer illustrates their prominence of women and their sometimes surprising usage of magic as well as establishing a new chronology and place of composition for these Acts. He also shows that the early Christian tours of Hell derive from Jewish and Greek models, although they become increasingly Christianised. The author concludes by decoding the intriguing visions in the 'Passion of Perpetua' by placing them in the contemporary world, thereby compelling us to sympathize with the hopes and fears of young Christian martyrs. It is the close attention to both pagan and Christian traditions that make these papers, which have all been updated and some of them revised, an exciting read for scholars and advanced students alike.

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