Pauline Spirit


Speaking of Paul..
May 28, 2008, 8:42 pm
Filed under: Paul resources

A few months ago, I put a whole pageful of St. Paul resources on a wiki; here they are:

Non-biblical sources on Paul’s life
Early Christians loved a good read as much as anybody, and Paul was the hero of many of the early works of Christian literature of the “easy reading” variety. Here are a few of those books.  

Acts of Paul Only fragments remain of this work from before 200 AD; much of the “Acts of Paul and Thecla” seems to have been part of this work. Here is a web page with more background and other links concerning this book.

Acts of Peter and Paul Fragment of a book written about 200 AD.

Acts of Paul and Thecla A “novel” written in Asia Minor sometime before 200  AD. This is the source of many stories about St. Paul and the noble Thecla, however much embroidered by the devotion of the original writer.
Various Tidbits of Information

Archaological findings related to Paul and Thecla in Ephesus

Sources on St. Thecla
Paul’s premier woman disciple and “equal to the apostles” in the scope and effectiveness of her evangelizing mission. Thecla was understandably more popular in an age that took these early novels to be history in the strictest sense, but contemporary feminists find a lot to love in the stories for what they may hint at concerning women’s roles in the early Church.

Article “The Acts of Thecla: A Pauline Tradition Linked to Women” by Nancy Carter. 

Book review of a scholarly tome on devotion to St. Thecla. The fact that such a book was written is itself significant.

The Acts of Xanthippe, Polyxena, and Rebecca: another novel from the early Church, which seems to be, in some respects, a “sequel” to the Acts of Paul and Thecla. Feminists scholars note the importance given to the women in this story, and see this as a narrative from women’s circles.

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