Plots of Epiphany: Prison-Escape in Acts of the Apostles

Plots of Epiphany: Prison-Escape in Acts of the Apostles

by John B. Weaver
     
 

ISBN-10: 3110182661

ISBN-13: 9783110182668

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: De Gruyter

Past scholarship on the prison-escapes in the Acts of the Apostles has tended to focus on lexical similarities to Euripides' Bacchae, going so far as to argue for direct literary dependence. Moving beyond such explanations, the present study

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Overview

Past scholarship on the prison-escapes in the Acts of the Apostles has tended to focus on lexical similarities to Euripides' Bacchae, going so far as to argue for direct literary dependence. Moving beyond such explanations, the present study argues that miraculous prison-escape was a central event in a traditional and culturally significant story about the introduction and foundation of cults - a story discernable in the Bacchae and other ancient texts. When the mythic quality and cultural diffusion of the prison-escape narratives are taken into account, the resemblance of Lukan and Dionysian narrative episodes is seen to depend less on specific literary borrowing, and more on shared familiarity with cultural discourses involving the legitimating portrayal of new cults in the ancient world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110182668
Publisher:
De Gruyter
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der alteren Kirche Series, #131
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Prison-escape and myth-criticism1
Ch. 2Epiphanic rescue from prison in ancient myth and history29
Ch. 3"Beginning from Jerusalem :" prison-escape and the mythopoesis of Christian origins in Acts 1-793
Ch. 4Rescue and regicide : the poetics and politics of group validation in Acts 12149
Ch. 5"A door of faith opened to the gentiles :" prison epiphany and cult foundation in Acts 16219
Ch. 6Conclusions281

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