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Acts of Paul and Thecla

Acts of Paul and Thecla

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ACTS OF PAUL AND THECLA
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ THE SAINT PACHOMIUS ORTHODOX LIBRARY This document is in the public domain. Copying it isencouraged.
 
 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ THE LIFE OF THE HOLY MARTYR THECLA OF ICONIUM, EQUAL TOTHE APOSTLES 
 
translated by Jeremiah Jones,(1693 - 1724)
[NOTE IN THE 1820 EDITION EDITED BY WILLIAMHONE]
Tertullian says that this piece was forged by a Presbyter of Asia, whobeing convicted, "confessed that he did it out of respect of Paul," andPope Gelasius, in his Decree against apocryphal books, inserted itamong them. Notwithstanding this, a large part of the history wascredited, and looked upon as genuine among the primitive Christians.Cyprian, Eusebius, Epiphanius, Austin [Augustine], Gregory Nazianzen,Chrysostom, and Severus Sulpitius, who all lived within the fourthcentury, mention Thecla, or refer to her history. Basil of Seleucia wroteher acts, sufferings, and victories, in verse; and Euagrius Scholasticus,an ecclesiastical historian, about 590, relates that "after the EmperorZeno had abdicated his empire, and Basilik had taken possession of it,he had a vision of the holy and excellent martyr Thecla, who promisedhim the restoration of his empire; for which, when it was brought about,he erected and dedicated a most noble and sumptuous temple to thisfamous martyr Thecla, at Seleucia, a city of Isauria, and bestowed uponit very noble endowments, which (says the author) are preserved even tothis day." (Hist. Eccl., IIb. 3, cap. 8)Cardinal Baronius, Locrinus, Archbishop Wake, and others, and also thelearned Grabe, who edited the Septuagint, and revived the Acts of Pauland Thecla, consider them as having been written in the Apostolic age;as containing nothing superstitious, or disagreeing from the opinions and

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