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Bibil Identifier bibil:216041
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Sorcery, Wheels, and Mirror Punishment in the Apocalypse of Peter
Author Callon, Callie
Journal Journal of Early Christian Studies (Volume: 18, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 29-49 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Apocalypse of Peter depicts a scene where the punitive fate of sinners in the afterlife is described with great specificity. The Apoc. Petr. asserts that each sinner will be divinely punished "according to his works," and much recent scholarship on the work has attempted to demonstrate that the majority of these punishments correspond logically with the sins that prompted them. However, the curious depiction of the sin of sorcery being paired with the punishment of sorcerers being bound to a revolving wheel has posed a problem for scholars, for this seems to defy the pattern of intelligible correspondence between a sin and its subsequent punishment. In this article I will propose a solution to this seeming incongruity. Using the model of mirror punishment as how the author envisioned "according to his work" as functioning, along with an examination of implements considered to have been used in magic in antiquity, I suggest that a logical correspondence between this sin and its punishment becomes intelligible.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to New Testament Characters or Events : Apocalypses : Apocalypse of Peter (Greek/Ethiopic)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Law of Retaliation
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