Acts of Empire, Second Edition

Acts of Empire, Second Edition

by Christina Petterson

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This book combines New Testament studies and cultural theory, and analyzes Acts of the Apostles as a product of imperial discourse. In five chapters, Christina Petterson engages Acts with ideology, gender, class, and empire with different emphases. All of these analyses argue that Christianity can never be set outside discourses of exploitation, discrimination, and hierarchies, but must always be set within them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532676307
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 03/23/2020
Series: Critical Theory and Biblical Studies
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Christina Petterson is an independent scholar and works in the field of ancient and early modern history. She is the author of From Tomb to Text: The Body of Jesus in the Book of John (2017).

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“While studies of ‘the politics of Luke-Acts’ are now routine features of the landscape, Christina Petterson’s intervention is a breath of fresh air. She teases out how regularly assumptions of ‘Christian exceptionalism’ subtly distance Luke-Acts from the culture and ideology of Roman imperialism and instead understands the writing straightforwardly as an artifact of that culture and ideology. Her perspective deserves the attention of scholars of Luke-Acts and early Christianity generally.”

—Neil Elliott, author of The Arrogance of Nations: Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire

“Petterson adroitly uses her ‘theoretical musings’ to unmask the layers of systemic and symbolic workings of empire in the Acts of the Apostles. Far more than setting the narrative in the context of the Roman Empire, this critically informed analysis unflinchingly demonstrates how Acts itself is deeply implicated in the perpetuation of imperial ideology.”

—Colleen Conway, Professor of Religion, Seton Hall University

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