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Christian biography begins where Christianity begins: with the Gospels (canonical and apocryphal), which describe the life of Jesus Christ (Christ, Jesus, 01: Survey), and with the accounts of the apostles, martyrs, heroes, and saints, which developed and commented on the significance of that archetypal life and its various tellings. What resulted was a strand of the notoriously capacious genre of b…

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Williams, Michael Stuart, “Biography”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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