A genre of literature that have a number of characters, have a wide range of subgenres (narratives, anecdotes, etc.). They aren't necessarily objective account and carry the biases of the author
Reasoned explanation and justification of one's beliefs and/or practices. From the Greek word meaning "defense"
A (legendary) female disciple of Paul whose adventures are narrated in the novel-like work of the 2nd Century, The Acts of Thecla. In it, she renounces her wedding plans and she's put on trial and condemned to death, but escapes to proclaim the Gospel
Method used to study a text by isolating themes and seeing how they are developed in it as to understand the author's overarching emphases
Speech given by Paul on Areopagus hill to some philosophers. where he explains that the Jewish God is God of all, pagan & Jew alike, though pagans have been ignorant of Him.
A method of investigation emphasizing the need for historical context when examining a text. Words convey meaning only withing a context. You have to understand context to make sense of something. When you change the context, you change its meaning.