By Janet E. Spittler
Janet E. Spittler argues that those animal episodes have a better, extra complicated importance than has formerly been well-known, analyzing those texts in the large context of Greco-Roman literature and featuring new interpretations of every animal-related episode. The common features of those animals - recognized to historical authors and audiences via usual ancient compendia, historiography and biography, present philosophical debates, fables, and novelistic literature - are deliberately and cleverly evoked by means of the authors of the apocryphal acts, frequently helping underscore key issues of the works. Janet E. Spittler contends that the usually very optimistic presentation of animals in those texts bargains a counterbalance to the usually damaging depiction of animals in different early Christian literature, hence her e-book has large implications for modern understandings of early Christian attitudes in the direction of animals and the ordinary 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