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Animals in the Apocryphal Acts of the Ap The Wild Kingdom of Early Christian Literature

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ISBN 10: 3161497317 / ISBN 13: 9783161497315
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Animals play prominent, often peculiar, roles in the highly entertaining five major apocryphal acts of the apostles, the Acts of Andrew, Acts of John, Acts of Peter, Acts of Paul; and Acts of Thomas. Lions, bears, dogs, bedbugs, asses and even seals appear in these narrativesâ"some friendly, some vicious, some with the capacity for human speech.Janet E. Spittler argues that these animal episodes have a greater, more complex significance than has previously been recognized, reading these texts within the broad context of Greco-Roman literature and presenting new interpretations of each animal-related episode. The natural characteristics of these animalsâ"known to ancient authors and audiences through natural historical compendia, historiography and biography, current philosophical debates, fables, and novelistic literatureâ"are intentionally and cleverly evoked by the authors of the apocryphal acts, often serving to underscore key themes of the works. Janet E. Spittler contends that the often very positive presentation of animals in these texts offers a counterbalance to the often negative depiction of animals in other early Christian literature, thus her book has broad implications for contemporary understandings of early Christian attitudes towards animals and the natural world. Bookseller Inventory # SPIANIMAL

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