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“Et Sicut Rex . . .”: Competing Ideas Of Kingship In The Anti-Manichaean Acta Archelai

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This chapter examines how the conflicting images of kingship found within the Acts of Archelaus (AA) reflect divergent views among early Christians about issues such as relation to authority and the response to suffering and persecution. Archelaus sets up a contrast between the defensive activities of the Manichaean God and Christ. It seems that within the context of the AA, the reader can perceive two competing early Christian views about the nature of kingship, one endorsed by the mainstream tradition of Archelaus with Jesus as triumphant ruler, and the other, more primitive tradition, with God as meek and suffering king. This contrast enables the reader to catch a glimpse of two different sets of early Christian values that ultimately reveal divergent attitudes to suffering, community, and persecution.

Keywords: Acts of Archelaus (AA); early Christian views; kingship; Manichaean God; persecution

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