By Janet E. Spittler
Janet E. Spittler argues that those animal episodes have a better, extra advanced importance than has formerly been famous, analyzing those texts in the wide context of Greco-Roman literature and offering new interpretations of every animal-related episode. The traditional features of those animals - recognized to historic authors and audiences via common ancient compendia, historiography and biography, present philosophical debates, fables, and novelistic literature - are deliberately and cleverly evoked through 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 deals a counterbalance to the customarily destructive depiction of animals in different early Christian literature, hence her publication has extensive implications for modern understandings of early Christian attitudes in the direction of animals and the normal 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