Early Christian Voices: In Texts, Traditions, and Symbols. Essays in Honor of Francois Bovon

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This collection of studies in honor of Fran├žois Bovon highlights the rich diversity found within early expressions of Christianity as evidenced in ancient texts, traditions, symbols, and motifs. Old labels like "apocrypha" or "heresy" that for centuries have suppressed much of this evidence are removed, previous assumptions are questioned, and the old data are examined afresh along with the latest discoveries. The studies fall into six areas: ancient gospels, acts, early Christian movements, ancient interpretations, art, and manuscripts. Contributors include James Robinson, Helmut Koester, Harold Attridge, Karen King, and Jean-Daniel Kaestli.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780391041479
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/5/2003
  • Series: Biblical Interpretation Series, #66
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

David H. Warren, Th.D. (2001) in the New Testament and Christian Origins, Harvard University, is Associate Professor of biblical literature at Heritage Christian University (Florence, Alabama). His research interests include the history of the text of the New Testament and its reception in the second century.
Ann Graham Brock, Ph.D., Harvard University, is an author and lecturer whose most recent book is entitled Mary Magdalene, the First Apostle. She has co-edited five books, published extensively on early Christian history, and appeared in documentaries on the History Channel and British television.
David W. Pao, Ph.D. (1998) in Religion, Harvard University, is assistant professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus (repr. Baker 2002) and Thanksgiving: An Investigation of a Pauline Theme (Inter-Varsity Press, 2002).
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
List of Contributors
Une Biographie de Francois Bovon: Sous le vrai jour d'une soeur 1
Bibliography of Francois Bovon 7
Introduction 17
Ch. 1 Jesus' Theology in the Sayings Gospel Q 25
Ch. 2 The Synoptic Sayings Gospel Q in the Early Communities of Jesus' Followers 45
Ch. 3 On Comparing Q and the Gospel of Thomas 59
Ch. 4 The Restless Quest for the Beloved Disciple 71
Ch. 5 Luke the Politician: Promoting the Gospel by Polishing Christianity's Rough Edges 83
Ch. 6 Luke the Hellenist 99
Ch. 7 Disagreement Among the Jews in Acts 28 109
Ch. 8 Actes 8: Faire tomber le puissant et relever l'humble 119
Ch. 9 "Can Anyone Withhold the Water?" (Acts 10:47): Toward an Understanding of Luke's Argument in the Story of Cornelius 131
Ch. 10 Luke's Revision of Paul's Reflections in Romans 9-11 143
Ch. 11 The Scriptures and the New Prophecy: Montanism as Exegetical Crisis 155
Ch. 12 Crise du savoir et conflit des interpretations selon Jean 9: Un exemple du travail de l'ecole johannique 167
Ch. 13 The Hero in the Epistle to the Hebrews: Jesus as Ascetic Model 179
Ch. 14 La Couronne de Nemrod: Quelques reflexions sur le pouvoir, l'histoire et l'Ecriture dans la culture syriaque 189
Ch. 15 Quand l'eveque Athanase se prend pour l'evangeliste Luc (Lettre festale xxxix sur le canon des ecritures) 197
Ch. 16 Le Developpement des narrations pascales 211
Ch. 17 Hildegard of Bingen's Exegesis of Luke 227
Ch. 18 Relecture et droits d'auteur: A propos de l'interpretation de la deuxieme epitre aux Thessaloniciens 239
Ch. 19 Quelques jalons pour une interpretation symbolique des Actes de Paul 251
Ch. 20 The Political Issue of the Ascension of Isaiah: Some Remarks on Jonathan Knight's Thesis, and Some Methodological Problems 267
Ch. 21 Christian Apocrypha in Art and Texts 283
Ch. 22 "Two Men in White": Observations on an Early Christian Lamp from North Africa with the Ascension of Christ 293
Ch. 23 Hearing, Seeing, and Knowing God: Allogenes and the Gospel of Mary 319
Ch. 24 The Spirit as a Dove and Homeric Bird Similes 333
Ch. 25 Le Mythe de la chute de Satan et la question du milieu d'origine de la Vie d'Adam et Eve 341
Ch. 26 The Ancient Christian Teacher in the Pseudo-Clementines 355
Ch. 27 Les Representations theologiques de la croix dans la plus ancienne litterature chretienne du deuxieme siecle 365
Ch. 28 "One Bread Gathered from Many Pieces" (Did. 9.4): The Career of an Early Christian Allegory 377
Ch. 29 Le Miracle de l'archange Michel a Chonai: Introduction, traduction, et notes 395
Ch. 30 Revelations and Notes on a Byzantine Manuscript at Harvard 409
Ch. 31 Homelie copte sur les Apotres au Jugement dernier 417
Ch. 32 Une Lettre manicheenne de Kellis (P. Kell. Copt. 18) 431
Index of Ancient Sources 439
Index of Modern Authors 462
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