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Novelistic And Anti-Novelistic Narrative In The Acts Of Thomas And The Acts Of Andrew And Matthias

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This chapter explores two texts (Acts of Thomas (ATh), Acts of Andrew and Matthias (AAMt)) which still attract relatively little attention in studies of ancient fiction broadly defined. It explains that both AAMt and ATh have a more nuanced sense of self-reflexiveness than they are usually given credit for. But what does that have to do with their "novelistic" or "antinovelistic" character? On one level their self-reflexiveness brings them closer to the Greek and Roman novels: this is yet another quality they share in common with those texts. The chapter explores two main themes: the apostles' resistance to the threats posed by pagan practices of consumption; and the apostles' practices of looking, which generally show little sign of interest in situating their own Christian culture in relation to the other cultures they encounter.

Keywords: Acts of Andrew and Matthias (AAMt); Acts of Thomas (ATh); Christian culture; Greek Novels



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