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The Narrative Self in Early Christianity: Essays in Honor of Judith Perkins
Spittler, Janet E., editor

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019 pp. xii + 245. $40.00

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Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement Series, 15

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Description: This volume of twelve essays celebrates the contributions of classicist Judith Perkins to the study of early Christianity. Drawing on Perkinsís insights related to apocryphal texts, representations of pain and suffering, and the creation of meaning, contributors explore the function of Christian narratives that depict pain and suffering, the motivations of the early Christians who composed these stories, and their continuing value to contemporary people. Contributors also examine how narratives work to create meaning in a religious context. These contributions address these issues from a variety of angles through a wide range of texts. Contributors include Jo-Ann Brant, Virginia Burrus, Kate Cooper, Nicola Denzey Lewis, Jennifer A. Glancy, Meira Z. Kensky, David Konstan, Dennis R. MacDonald, Shelly Matthews, Ilaria L. E. Ramelli, and Jeannie Sellick.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Hans-Josef Klauck
Published 12/5/2019
Citation: Hans-Josef Klauck, review of Janet E. Spittler, ed., The Narrative Self in Early Christianity: Essays in Honor of Judith Perkins, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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