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Acts of Thekla
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Also called Acts of Paul and Thecla. A work dating to the second century that tells an embellished (even novel-like) story of a woman named Thecla who hears Paul preach, accepts his message, is miraculously saved from martyrdom, and has a successful lifelong ministry. The Acts of Thecla was sometimes included as part of a larger Acts of Paul and also circulated independently. The authority of the Acts of Thecla was disputed in the early church period due to its content and was eventually rejected by some early church fathers (e.g., Jerome, Lives of Illustrious Men 7).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Acts of Thecla
Acts of Thecla Also called Acts of Paul and Thecla. A work dating to the second century that tells an embellished (even novel-like) story of a woman named Thecla who hears Paul preach, accepts his message, is miraculously saved from martyrdom, and has a successful lifelong ministry. The Acts of Thecla
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Thekla, Acts of
THEKLA, ACTS OF. According to ancient Christian tradition, Thekla of Iconium was a convert, companion, and colleague of the apostle Paul. After she proved herself faithful by enduring persecutions, Paul ordained her to teach. At about the year 200 c.e. Tertullian (De Bapt. 1.17) wrote:But if they claim
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Paul and Thecla, Acts Of
Paul and Thecla, Acts ofA component in the larger apocryphal Acts of Paul. Edited on the basis of 11 Greek manuscripts in addition to Latin, Greek, Slavic, and Arabic versions, the narrative may have circulated independently; the earliest attestation (2nd century; Tertullian De bapt. 17) is inconclusive
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Paul and Thecla, Acts of (Writing)
Paul and Thecla, Acts of PAUL AND THECLA[thĕkˊlə], ACTS OF. One of three sections of the Acts of Paul that were separated from that work at an early stage and circulated independently.Thecla rather than Paul is the central character. As Paul is preaching in Iconium “concerning continence and the resurrection,”
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Paul and Thecla, Acts of Sts
Paul and Thecla, Acts of Sts. An apocryphal work describing the adventures of Sts *Paul and *Thecla, which was part of the ‘Acts of St *Paul’ (q.v.). Its great popularity in the early Church is shown by its existence not only in the original Greek, but also in five separate Latin translations, as
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
THECLA, ACTS OF PAUL AND
THECLA, ACTS OF PAUL AND thek´luh. The Acts of Paul and Thecla is one of three sections in the Acts of Paul (including the Acts of Paul and Thecla, the Martyrdom of Paul, and 3 Corinthians) that circulated independently (see PAUL, ACTS OF). Recent discovery and reconstruction of the Coptic Papyrus Heidelburg