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Paul and Thecla, Acts of

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Author(s): Barrier, Jeremy W.
The Acts of Paul and Thecla is the name given to a subsection of the 2nd century CE Christian literary work known as the Acts of Paul. The Acts of Paul and Thecla highlights the travels of the apostle Paul along with a female traveling companion by the name of Thecla (or Thekla) as they passed through the central Anatolian towns of Iconium and Antioch. The setting for the story presumes that the events are taking place sometime around the middle of the 1st century CE, yet most attempts at historically reconciling this story wi…
Date: 2020-09-21

Corinthians, Third Epistle to the

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Author(s): Barrier, Jeremy W.
The Third Epistle to the Corinthians ( 3 Cor), also known as the “Correspondence of Paul and the Corinthians” or “3 Corinthians,” refers to a letter exchange between the Corinthian Church and the apostle Paul. 3 Corinthians may be divided into four sections: 1.  a narrative introduction; 2.  The Corinthian letter to Paul; 3.  narrative interlude, and; 4.  Paul’s response to the Corinthians; with the oldest sections being represented only by parts II and IV. The oldest portion (i.e. II and IV) was likely written in the first half of the 2nd century CE to support “aposto…
Date: 2020-09-21