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L’invention du protomartyr Étienne : sainteté, pouvoir et controverse dans l’Antiquité (Ier-VIe s.)

Abstract : This study aims at understanding in what ways the biblical figure of Stephen (Acts 6-8) was transmitted and received in Christianity during the first six centuries of our era. From the text of the Acts of the apostles to the translation of his relics to Rome in 589, our investigation attempts to grasp the mechanisms that led to the construction of Stephen as a saint whose cult was central in the history of Christianity. In particular we shall concentrate on the various forms of his cult that appeared after the discovery of his relics, in Palestine in the vth century, and on its rapid spreading in the eastern and western parts of the Mediterranean. With this aim in view, we shall examine all the documents of the hagiographical dossier of Stephen in the light of the most advanced research on the cult of saints, hagiography and the history of Palestine in Late Antiquity. At the end of this study, we hope, above all, to expound the ideological motives of the use of the saint’s relics in a context in which doctrinal controversies, sacred topography, antijudaism and construction of the Christian memory intersect.
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Damien Labadie. L’invention du protomartyr Étienne : sainteté, pouvoir et controverse dans l’Antiquité (Ier-VIe s.). Religions. Université Paris sciences et lettres, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017PSLEP054⟩. ⟨tel-02405998v2⟩



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