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Rescue for the DeadThe Posthumous Salvation of Non-Christians in Early Christianity$
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Jeffrey A. Trumbower

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195140990.001.0001

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Thecla's Prayer for Falconilla

Thecla's Prayer for Falconilla

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(p.56) 3 Thecla's Prayer for Falconilla
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Rescue for the Dead
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Jeffrey A. Trumbower (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195140990.003.0004

Chapter three is an intensive study of one of the Apocryphal Acts of the apostles, namely, the second‐century Acts of Paul, which includes a long section about Thecla, a female companion of Paul from Iconium in Asia Minor. Thecla is probably a fictional character, but her story can tell us much about Christian attitudes toward rescue for the dead. On the night before she is to become a martyr for her Christian faith, Thecla utters a prayer for the dead pagan Falconilla, the daughter of Thecla's newly acquired pagan friend Tryphaena. Falconilla had appeared to her mother in a dream to request a transfer to the “place of the righteous,” and Thecla accomplishes this with her prayer.

Keywords:   Acts of Paul, Apocryphal Acts, dream, Falconilla, Iconium, martyr, prayer for the dead, Thecla

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