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Christian biography begins where Christianity begins: with the gospels (canonical and apocryphal), which describe the life of Jesus Christ, 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 biograp…

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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 19 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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