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Thecla, Saint
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[German Version]

Thecla of Iconium, apostle and martyr, was one of the most revered saints of early Christianity. The originally oral tradition of her life is now preserved as the “Acts of Thecla” section of the Acts of Paul, where it has been combined in part with ascetic Encratite elements. The historical nucleus is found in the second section of the narrative, which has clear echoes of authentic acts of the martyrs.


Sources: CANT 211/III

BHG 1710–1722

BHL 8020–8025

BHO 1152–1156

On Thecla: Thekla, die Apostolin. Ein apokrypher Text neu entdeckt, ed. & trans. …

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Jensen, Anne, “Thecla, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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