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n.1.Any one of many species of small delicately colored butterflies belonging to Thecla and allied genera; - called also hairstreak, and elfin.
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Aoun was speaking during a Mass held at the church of Saint Thecla in Jezzine district in southern Lebanon.
Similarly, Crossan and Reed (2004) point to artistic evidence that Paul held an equal status with Thecla, a prominent woman of that period, but later assumed a dominant position because of his gender (as indicated by the defacing of the Thecla's image).
In the apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla, Paul mimics the beatitudes while urging abstinence between husband and wife: "Blessed are those who have wives as if they did not have them, for they will be the heirs of God.
L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, which devoted two pages to the discovery, said that the oval portrait, dated to the 4th century, had been found in the catacombs of St Thecla, not far from the Basilica of St Paul's Outside the Walls, where the apostle is buried.
First, the early "witnesses," such as Ignatius, Polycarp, Blandina, Perpetua, Thecla, Anthony, and Symeon, transgressed what was culturally and humanly acceptable.
Survivors include his life partner of 20 years, Thecla "Jackie" Yeamans; three sons, Jay of Roseburg, Rodney of Eugene and Matthew of Arkansas; a daughter, Kristen Shores of Spokane; two brothers, Roger of Florence and Ronald of Eugene; two sisters, Robin Stanturf and Roxanne Elliott, both of Eugene; and 13 grandchildren.
Edited by Amy-Jill Levine, A Feminist Companion to the New Testament Apocrypha is an anthology of essays by a wide variety of learned authors exploring apocryphal New Testament texts such as the Acts of Paul, the Acts of John, the Acts of Peter, Thecla, the Apocalypse of Peter, and much more, as well as Irish apocrypha and Greek novels, from a feminist perspective.
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Asan Khan, Boondarick Kovilaukool, Tadoh Ndikum Munji, Annie Thecla Sealy-Auguste, Purnima Sharma, Tengu Nora Ashikin Tengku Nazaruddin, Amandi Anselm Ukwatu, Jihao Zhou.
Thecla, from the apocryphal story of Paul and Thecla, to be found in "The Acts of Paul," dreamed of a life where she could cut her hair, put on men's clothing and travel with Paul.
The Acts of Thecla, for example, centers around Thecla's refusal of sexual congress, and the case is the same in the Acts of Thomas and the Acts of John.
25) Private Conversation with Author, Interview with Thecla.