This volume on Luke-Acts as with all titles in the Texts@Contexts Series highlights readings that make explicit the diverse contemporary contexts of biblical interpreters. The global spread of contributors includes scholarly voices from South Africa, South America and Hong Kong, as well as from the United States.
The chapters are organized around four themes. The first examines interpretations of Jesus, looking at his childhood, contemporary context, and his teaching – including whether Jesus' sympathetic response to disease and pain might be used to advocate euthanasia. The second examines social categories: gender, race, and class, including a political and racialized reading of the history of diasporic Black America as a model for reading Acts as a diasporic history. The third examines issues of empire and resistance. The final part looks at society and spirituality, with a focus on modern contemporary contexts.
About the Author
James P. Grimshaw teaches New Testament at Carroll University, USA.
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List of Contributors
James P. Grimshaw
Part 1: Portraits of Jesus
1. Jesus (and) the Only Child: Jesus, Children, and the Gospel of Luke Sharon Betsworth, Oklahoma City University, USA
2. Masculinity in Luke-Acts: The Lukan Jesus and Muscular Christianity Brittany Wilson, Duke University, USA
3. Voluntary Active Euthanasia and the Lukan Jesus Jim Metzger, Pitt Community College, USA
Part 2: Negotiating Hegemony
4. Gender Minorities In and Under Roman Power: Race and Respectability Politics in Luke–Acts Christopher Zeichmann, University of Toronto, Canada
5. Diaspora Acts: Contextualizing Alternative Metanarrative Syntacts Francis Carter, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
6. The Empire as Local Context in Acts Nestor Miguez, Instituto Universitario ISEDET, Argentina
Part 3: Reading with the Church
7. No Need to Worry, or Is There? A Camba Reading of Luke 12:22-34 Esa Autero, South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary, USA
8. Contextual Reading of Luke-Acts with Pentecostal Women in Botswana Rosinah Gabaitse, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
9. Towards a More Perfect Union: A Scriptural Reading of the Purpose of Marriage in a Changing Western Context Amy Lindeman Allen, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, USA