Through close textual engagement, theological exposition, ethical reflection, and interdisciplinary collaboration, this book presents a constructive theology of divine speech in the Acts of the Apostles and 1 Corinthians in critical conversation with contemporary issues of sociopolitical, ecclesial, and theological importance. In particular, the authors attend to pericopes in Acts and Paul that open up fresh ways of thinking about divine discourse, preaching, and advocacy in light of contemporary matters of theological and ethical import. In addition to classical modes of textual and theological analysis, the authors attend to the sociopolitical and sociolinguistic aspects of speech as they arise in these pericopes. As such, the authors are simultaneously deconstructing these texts through postcolonial and post-structural analyses to expose these texts to an alterity at work therein, an alterity that has been muted by centuries of biblical interpretation.
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About the Author
Eric D. Barreto is Weyerhaeuser associate professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Jacob D. Myers is assistant professor of homiletics at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Thelathia “Nikki” Young is associate professor of women’s and gender studies and religion at Bucknell University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Spirit Speech: Acts 2:1–36 by Eric D. Barreto
Chapter 2: Bold Speech: Acts 4:1–22 by Jacob D. Myers
Chapter 3: Prophetic Speech: Acts 10:34–48 by Thelathia Nikki Young
Chapter 4: Strange Speech: Acts 17:16–34 by Eric D. Barreto
Chapter 5: Baptismal Speech: Acts 18:24–19:8 by Jacob D. Myers
Chapter 6: Wise Speech: 1 Corinthians 2:1–16 by Jacob D. Myers
Chapter 7: Loving Speech: 1 Corinthians 13:1–13 by Thelathia Nikki Young