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Bibil Identifier bibil:227042
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Reworking the Virtutes Apostolorum in the Salzburg Sermon-Collection (1st Quarter of the Ninth Century)
Author Diesenberger, Maximilian
Journal Apocrypha (Volume: 23)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 47-64 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The oldest extant manuscripts of the Virtutes apostolorum are Bavarian and date to the ninth century. Elements of the collection, however, also appear in earlier Bavarian compilations, such as a hagiographical collection from the monastery of Benediktbeuren, dating to the last quarter of the eighth century, or a Salzburg collection of sermons from the first quarter of the eighth century. The latter is of particular interest, as individual ‘Acts’ have been abridged and adapted to fit the sermons in which they appear. This essay examines the various compilers’ methods of revision and adaptation, and uses this to identify their particular individual concerns. The reworking of the Virtutes in the Salzburg Sermonary can be seen as part of a broader strategy of the Bavarian metropolitan to control and use hagiography as a tool for correction. The compiler adapted the texts to serve as a basis for moral admonition and for the instruction of relatively recently converted Christians. He reshaped or omitted passages to avoid ambiguity and potentially difficult discussions, for example regarding the exact degree of consanguinity between Jesus and Jacobus or the heavenly letters associated with Thaddaeus.
DOI 10.1484/J.APOCRA.1.103238
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to New Testament Characters or Events : Apostles / Acts : Pseudo-Abdias (Virtutes apostolorum)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Periods : Sixth Century and beyond
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Germany
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