The Narrative Self in Early Christianity: Essays in Honor of Judith Perkins

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Janet E. Spittler
SBL Press, Oct 4, 2019 - Religion - 258 pages

Essays that explore early Christian texts and the broader world in which they were written

This volume of twelve essays celebrates the contributions of classicist Judith Perkins to the study of early Christianity. Drawing on Perkins's insights related to apocryphal texts, representations of pain and suffering, and the creation of meaning, contributors explore the function of Christian narratives that depict pain and suffering, the motivations of the early Christians who composed these stories, and their continuing value to contemporary people. Contributors also examine how narratives work to create meaning in a religious context. These contributions address these issues from a variety of angles through a wide range of texts.

Features:

  • Introductions to and treatments of several largely unknown early Christian texts
  • Essays by ten women and two men influenced or mentored by Judith Perkins
  • Essays on the Deuterocanon, the New Testament, and early Christian relics
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Aversion as a Rhetorical Strategy in the Acts of Thomas and Buddhist Tradition
7
Religious Asses
25
The Masters Voice
33
Sex Suffering Subversion and Spectacle
51
Alienated Identity in the Acts of Thomas
73
Ephesus Loca Sancta
91
Jesuss Sense of Sin
121
The Lynching Tree and the Cross
147
The Spatial Literary and Linguistic Translations of the Mandylion
171
Drunk in Love
193
Suffering Thomas
211
Bibliography of Judith Perkins 19742018
229
Index of Primary Sources
233
Index of Modern Authors
237
Subject Index
241

The Jewish Agave and Hera
133

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About the author (2019)

Janet Spittler is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Animals in the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: The Wild Kingdom of Early Christian Literature (2008).

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