By Janet E. Spittler
Janet E. Spittler argues that those animal episodes have a better, extra complicated value than has formerly been famous, examining those texts in the large context of Greco-Roman literature and providing new interpretations of every animal-related episode. The average features of those animals - identified to historic authors and audiences via average old compendia, historiography and biography, present philosophical debates, fables, and novelistic literature - are deliberately and cleverly evoked by way of the authors of the apocryphal acts, usually helping underscore key subject matters of the works. Janet E. Spittler contends that the customarily very confident presentation of animals in those texts bargains a counterbalance to the usually damaging depiction of animals in different early Christian literature, therefore her booklet has wide implications for modern understandings of early Christian attitudes in the direction of animals and the traditional world.
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Animals in the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: The Wild Kingdom of Early Christian Literature (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament / 2. Reihe) by Janet E. Spittler