Liturgies as Plot Devices in Apocryphal Acts

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This paper takes a novel approach to the liturgical material in the Apocryphal Acts of Andrew, John, Paul, Peter, and Thomas, by considering how the liturgical practices of anointing, baptism, Eucharist, and singing of psalms contribute to the plots of the narratives in which they are found. By this analysis, various combinations of anointing, baptism, and Eucharist are found to be used to confirm a character’s conversion to a Christian faith, the Eucharist is used to strengthen the sense of community within a group of Christians, and both the Eucharist and singing of psalms are used to give a character encouragement in a dangerous situation. Thereby, the narratives depict conversion, community, and courage as reasons to participate in Christian liturgical practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhy We Sing
Subtitle of host publicationMusic, Word, and Liturgy in Early Christianity: Essays in Honour of Anders Ekenberg’s 75th Birthday
EditorsCarl Johan Berglund, Barbara Crostini, James Kelhoffer
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-52205-3
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-52205-3, 978-90-04-52203-9
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2022
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameVigiliae Christianae Supplements
ISSN (Print)0920-623x


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