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date: 19 January 2021

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The motley collection of texts known as apocryphal acts and apocalypses offers varied perspectives on Christology and soteriology. These are two of the key areas of thought in Christian theology. Many of the insights offered from such texts in relation to these topics arise from vivid narrative accounts that seek to satisfy the pious curiosity of believers in the second and third centuries. Frequently, the Christological or salvific stance of each of these writings is a secondary concern and may be reflected in an allusive manner. In the apocryphal acts and some of the apocalypses, the extended title ‘Lord Jesus Christ’ is prominent. This diversity of perspectives may in part illustrate why the quest for clarity, concerning Christology and soteriology beliefs, became such an important and pressing concern in the early church.

Keywords: Christology, soteriology, apocryphal acts, Christian apocalypses, cosmology, ‘docetism’, ‘gnosticism’

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