History, Literature, and Society in the Book of Actsby Ben Witherington, III
Pub. Date: 09/28/2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
These essays use an interdisciplinary approach for recent Book of Acts scholarship. Insights from the social sciences, narratological studies, Greek and Roman rhetoric and history, and classics, set Acts in its original historical, literary and social context. These methods of interpretation have only recently been applied to Acts in a systematic way. This is a valuable overview of some of the chief preoccupations of current biblical studies from leading scholars in Old and New Testament studies and the history of antiquity.
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Table of ContentsPreface; Part I. Issues of Genre and Historical Method: 1. In the shadow of Thucydides W. J. McCoy; 2. How history should be written C. K. Barrett; 3. The Acts of the Apostles: monograph or bios? Charles H. Talbert; 4. The preface to Acts and the historians Loveday C. A. Alexander; 5. The future of the past: Luke's vision of salvation history and its bearing on his writing of history Jacob Jervell; Part II. Historical and Theological Difficulties in Acts: 6. Acts 6.1–8.4: division or diversity? Craig C. Hill; 7. James and the Gentiles (Acts 15.13–21) Richard Bauckham; 8. Kerygmatic summaries in the speeches of Acts Richard Bauckham; 9. The 'script' of the Scriptures in Acts: suffering as God's 'plan' for the world for the 'release of sins' David P. Moessner; 10. Luke's social location of Paul: cultural anthropology and the status of Paul in Acts Jerome H. Neyrey; Part III. Issues of Literary Criticism: 11. Internal repetition in Luke-Acts: contemporary narratology and Lukan historiography Joel B. Green; 12. Luke's characterising use of the Old Testament in the Book of Acts Bill T. Arnold; 13. Editing the Good News: some synoptic lessons for the study of Acts Ben Witherington, III; 14. The means of absent ends Wm. F. Brosend, II; Index of biblical references.
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