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Bibil Identifier bibil:150756
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) Paulus lehrt - Thekla lauscht? Annäherungen an textstrategische Phänomene in den Theklaakten
Author Esch-Wermeling, Elisabeth
Journal Lectio difficilior (Volume: 9, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language German
Pages 1-21 Pages
Genre Original
Notes 21 pages.
Abstract Today, only few know that Saint Thecla used to be an actual “celebrity” in early Christianity. Those who have heard of her before know her as passionate disciple of the apostle Paul. But an analysis of the narrative about this exceptional female Christian shows that Thecla might have been anything but a lamblike disciple of Paul. The following article invites the reader to an expedition into the literary development and spectrum of meaning of this narrative, “the Acts of Paul and Thecla”. On the basis of a fruitful symbiosis of diachronic and synchronic analysis it becomes evident how the text sets its readers on a certain interpretative track. The analysis of these textual strategies is based on a historical-critical examination, which reveals two layers of the text’s genesis: the older one, the Antioch narrative, is framed by the Iconium narrative and the conclusion. Examined on a synchronic level, this framing device facilitates various, ever-changing meanings. Thecla’s character appears in a different light, depending on whether she is analyzed in the context of “the Acts of Paul and Thecla” or in the context of the older Antiochia narrative. Her relationship to Paul is an important topic here, but certainly not the only one...
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to New Testament Characters or Events : Apostles / Acts : Paul : Acts of Paul : Acts of Paul and Thecla
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Thecla
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