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History, Literature, and Society in the Book of Acts - Ben Witherington

History, Literature, and Society in the Book of Acts

By: Ben Witherington (Editor)

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Published: 20th December 2007
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These seminal essays introduce the reader to the interdisciplinary approach of New Testament scholarship which is affecting the way the Book of Acts is studied and interpreted. Insights from the social sciences, narratological studies, Greek and Roman rhetoric and history, and classics, set the Acts of the Apostles in its original historical, literary and social context; these methods of interpretation have not always been applied to biblical study in a systematic way. The discussions from a shared general perspective range over genre and method, historical and theological problems, and issues of literary criticism. History, Literature and Society in the Book of Acts is an interesting and valuable overview of some of the chief preoccupations of biblical studies with contributions from leading scholars in the Old and New Testaments and the history of antiquity.

"This is an indispensable collection for scholars dealing with the Lucan writings." Religious Studies Review "This diverse collection of essays covers many major issues in the study of Acts...Though written by and for New Testament schoalrs, the book is of value for other Religious Studies profesionals interested in the Book of Acts." J. Christian Wilson, Christianity and Literature "...the articles in this volume are of good quality. Good biblical libraries will want to purchase this volume." Robert F. O'Toole, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly "What makes the present collection of essays essential reading is its conscious attempt to make the interdisciplinary connections that are often spoken of but rarely exemplified. This volume is one that can be read with profit by academics and clergy. It is highly recommended for all who wish to remain abreast not just of Luke-Acts studies, but of advances in utilizing interdisciplinary methodologies in biblical studies." Iain S. Maclean, ATR "...this volume deserves more than a single reading." Markus MUller, Pro Ecclesia "No student of Acts should overlook these essays, which contribute much to the study of Acts." Edgar Krentz, Currents

Preface
Issues of Genre and Historical Method
In the shadow of Thucydides
How history should be written
The Acts of the Apostles: monograph or bios?
The preface to Acts and the historians
The future of the past: Luke's vision of salvation history and its bearing on his writing of history
Historical and Theological Difficulties in Acts
Acts 6.1-8.4: division or diversity?
James and the Gentiles (Acts 15.13-21)
Kerygmatic summaries in the speeches of Acts
The -script- of the Scriptures in Acts: suffering as God-s -plan- for the world for the -release of sins-
Luke-s social location of Paul: cultural anthropology and the status of Paul in Acts
Issues of Literary Criticism
Internal repetition in Luke-Acts: contemporary narratology and Lukan historiography
Luke-s characterising use of the Old Testament in the Book of Acts
Editing the Good News: some synoptic lessons for the study of Acts
The means of absent ends
Index of biblical references
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ISBN: 9780521046282
ISBN-10: 0521046289
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 20th December 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5