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By Janet E. Spittler

Animals play fashionable, frequently bizarre, roles within the hugely unique 5 significant apocryphal acts of the apostles, the Acts of Andrew, Acts of John, Acts of Peter, Acts of Paul and Acts of Thomas . Lions, bears, canine, bedbugs, asses or even seals seem in those narratives - a few pleasant, a few vicious, a few with the capability for human speech.
Janet E. Spittler argues that those animal episodes have a better, extra complicated importance than has formerly been well-known, interpreting those texts in the vast context of Greco-Roman literature and proposing new interpretations of every animal-related episode. The normal features of those animals - recognized to historical authors and audiences via ordinary historic compendia, historiography and biography, present philosophical debates, fables, and novelistic literature - are deliberately and cleverly evoked via the authors of the apocryphal acts, frequently helping underscore key issues of the works. Janet E. Spittler contends that the customarily very confident presentation of animals in those texts bargains a counterbalance to the usually destructive depiction of animals in different early Christian literature, hence her e-book has huge implications for modern understandings of early Christian attitudes in the direction of animals and the usual world.

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