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Biblical Antitheses, Adda, And The Acts Of Archelaus

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The sources for the biblical antitheses material in the Acts of Archelaus (AA) includes (1) those found in the Latin manuscripts of the AA, and (2) those found in testimony to the Greek AA, such as Cyril and Epiphanius. Eleven points of overlap can be demonstrated between the biblical antitheses of the AA and those of Adda's work. Two significant points of comparison between the handling of antitheses in the AA and in Adda deserve comment. Both often offer more than one New Testament antithesis to a single Old Testament passage. Decret has analyzed Adda's argumentation, as attested by Augustine, into three manners of critique. Adda's overall presentation deserves further study and reconstruction, so that it may be appreciated in its own right as a moment in the history of biblical interpretation, and as part of the larger Manichaean reading of the Bible.

Keywords: Acts of Archelaus (AA); Adda; Augustine; biblical antitheses; Decret



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