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Images Of The Apostles

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This chapter provides an analysis of the selection of apocryphal material in the liturgical texts, by examining which motives of the apocrypha are incorporated in the liturgy and which are left out. It provides an overview of the way the apostles were portrayed in medieval liturgy, in order to sharpen the profile of the apostles as protagonists in the history of medieval Christianity. The chapter is divided into six sections, discussing the reception of the following narrative themes in the liturgy: the apostolic foundation of the church; the combat between the apostle and the demonic; the preaching work of the apostles; the apostle and his companions; the death and martyrdom of the apostles; and the cult of the apostles as individual saints and as a collegium.

Keywords: apocryphal Acts; apostles; Christian church; liturgical cult; medieval Christianity; medieval liturgy



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