Conflicting Choreographies? Dance as Doctrinal Expression in Ignatius’ Ephesians 19 and Acts of John 94-96

Khomych, Taras (2018) Conflicting Choreographies? Dance as Doctrinal Expression in Ignatius’ Ephesians 19 and Acts of John 94-96. In: Docetism in the Early Church: The Quest for an Elusive Phenomenon. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 402 (I). Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, pp. 217-229. ISBN 978-3-16-154084-4

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Abstract

Ignatius of Antioch’s epistle to the Ephesians 19 has long puzzled interpreters. In a polemical context the author pulls together different Christological topics and offers a “mythic” narration, which presents a circular dance of heavenly bodies, involving sun, moon and stars. Focusing on this enigmatic passage, the present contribution compares it to another intriguing text, namely Acts of John 94-96, which depicts a ritual dance supposedly performed by Jesus with His disciples prior to His execution. It is worth noting that each of these descriptions conveys a particular Christological message. In this contribution similarities and differences are be pointed out with the aim of bringing these two puzzling dance scenes into dialogue. It is argued that the two passages represent conflicting Christological views but, at the same time, both can be situated in the Johannine tradition. This all taken into consideration, the two pericopes can illuminate each other as well as offer valuable material for the study of the development and conflict within Johannine Christianity.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Docetism; Ignatius of Antioch; Acts of John; Early Christianity; Johannine Christianity; Christology; Dance
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Taras Khomych
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 13:06
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2018 13:06
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2437

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