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The Protevangelium of James and Intertextuality

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What are the relationships between texts and their precursors and why and how did ancient authors use other texts in writing their own texts? This chapter is an exercise in the problem of intertextuality. It explains the use of and references to other texts in view of how discourses are written and how they are read. Protevangelium Of James (PJ) is a very good example of imaginative use of precursor texts. From the perspective of both the production and the reading of a story like PJ, the relationship between texts is revealing. The chapter is based on the hypothesis that a text should not be regarded as a unitary object which is knowable. It deals with PJ and intertextuality from the perspective of text production. The chapter pays attention to PJ and intertextuality from the perspective of text reception. It also focuses on the function of intertextual relationships in PJ.

Keywords: intertextuality; precursor text; Protevangelium Of James (PJ); text production; text reception



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