Miracles, Determination, and Loyalty: The Concept of Conversion in the Acts of John

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Since the 1933 publication of Arthur D. Nock’s Conversion, numerous scholars have proposed a number of ameliorations to Nock’s model of ancient conversion, the better to accommodate certain aspects of the ancient world. Such models need to be calibrated against how conversions are depicted in ancient narratives, in order to help us understand not only actual historical transitions from one religious or philosophical tradition to another, but also how ancient authors thought about such transitions. To that means, this paper uses three theoretical insights – present in the scholarships of Nock, Zeba A. Crook, and Ramsay MacMullen – to demonstrate that the implied author of the conversion narratives in the apocryphal Acts of John (19–57; 63–86) conceptualizes conversion to early Christianity as a deliberate decision, stimulated by miracles or miracle stories, and expressed in terms of loyalty to a divine patron.
OriginalspråkEngelska
Titel på gästpublikationCelebrating Arthur Darby Nock
Undertitel på gästpublikationChoice, Change, and Conversion
RedaktörerRobert Matthew Calhoun, James A. Kelhoffer, Clare K. Rothschild
UtgivningsortTübingen
FörlagMohr Siebeck
Sidor213-234
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-3-16-161001-1
ISBN (tryckt)978-3-16-161000-4
StatusPublicerad - 20 nov 2021
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok

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NamnWissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament
FörlagMohr Siebeck
Nummer472
ISSN (tryckt)0512-1604
ISSN (elektroniskt)2568-7476

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