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date: 24 January 2021

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The roles played by the figures of the apostles in Christian Apocrypha may be viewed from a number of different perspectives; these include aspects of theology, sociology, and literature. The focus in this essay is upon mission, as well as considering soteriology and salvation history as related issues. Features examined in this essay include the lifestyle of apostolic figures, miracles attributed to them, animal stories, visionary experiences, rhetoric, and missionary technique. Although they were clearly not considered to be divine, apostolic figures tend to become agents of salvation who recruit followers for themselves, i.e. they become ‘christ’-like figures to others.

Keywords: asceticism, missionary technique, methods of persuasion, miracles, apostles, animal stories, redeemer figures

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