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The Discourse of Prayer in the Major Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles

By H.A.G. Houghton

Abstract

This article presents a linguistic analysis of the prayers in the five major Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles. In the first part, the prayers are described in terms of form and structural elements. The second part offers a comparison with direct speech in the same works and Christian prayers and Greek prayers from other sources. The results suggest that this relatively uncharacterised discourse, closer to colloquial speech than any religious model, offers an authentic example of early Christian prayer

Topics: PA Classical philology, BR Christianity, P Philology. Linguistics
Publisher: Brepols
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.bham.ac.uk:214
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