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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-200
Number of pages30
JournalAPOCRYPHA. International Journal of Apocryphal Literatures
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004

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Published online by Brepols on Wednesday, October 01, 2008.

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