The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas as an adapted apocalypse

Eliezer Gonzalez

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The resonances of the language and imagery of the Passion of Perpetua with Jewish apocalyptic literature has long been recognized. A comparison of the morphological features of the Passion of Perpetua with those of apocalyptic literature reveals that they share the same features. Even more fundamentally, key aspects of the social roles which the Passion of Perpetua played within the Carthaginian and North African Christian communities are analogous with the social roles that have been postulated for Jewish apocalyptic literature. The Passion of Perpetua therefore displays the signs of having been written as an adaptation and application of the Jewish apocalyptic texts to the specific challenges faced by the early North African Christian communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-61
Number of pages28
JournalPlura : revista de estudos de religiao
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Passion of Perpetua
  • North Africa
  • Early Christianity
  • Jewish apocalyptic

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