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Contest and community: wonder-working in Christian popular literature from the second to the fifth centuries CE

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In this thesis, I hope to demonstrate that what I call the magic contest tradition, that is the episodes of competitive wonder-working that appear in a wide variety of apocryphal and non-canonical Christian texts, made an important contribution to the development of Christian thought during the second to the fifth centuries CE. This contribution was to articulate ‘the way’ to be a Christian in a world which was not isolated from the secular, and not insulated from the reality of the Roman ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Corpus Christi College
Department:
Humanities Division - Classics Faculty - Ancient History
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Publication date:
2013
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
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uuid:a3de02f7-18a9-4363-8bbf-cea5a73eb223
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ora:6983

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