Raised from Obscurity: A Narratival and Theological Study of the Characterization of Women in Luke-Acts

Raised from Obscurity: A Narratival and Theological Study of the Characterization of Women in Luke-Acts

by Greg W. Forbes

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Raised from Obscurity: A Narratival and Theological Study of the Characterization of Women in Luke-Acts by Greg W. Forbes

"Luke-Acts contains many and diverse female characters, a number of whom play significant roles in the unfolding drama of God's plan of salvation through Jesus and the early church. Women followers of Jesus are fully-fledged disciples who prove to be reliable and insightful, participating in God's mission at all levels.They act as interpreters of salvation history, God's prophetic mouthpieces, witnesses to the resurrection, proclaimers and teachers of the gospel, and patrons and leaders of the early church.
At the heart of this narratival exposure lies a particular theology of women. This narratival presentation and theology is rich and quite remarkable given the socio-religious climate in which Luke wrote. An appreciation of this "narratival theology" is important, not only for a well-rounded understanding of Luke-Acts, but as a vital part of the variegated witness of the New Testament regarding the role of women in God's new community."

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ISBN-13: 9781625641199
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Greg W. Forbes is Professor of New Testament and Greek at Melbourne School of Theology in Australia.

Scott Harrower is Associate Professor of Theology and History at Ridley College, Melbourne in Australia.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lynn H. Cohick ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Chapter 1 Introduction and Methodology 1

Literature Review

The Aim of this Book

A Methodology for Exploring a Narrative's Theological Claims about its Characters

Structure and Content of the Book

Chapter 2 Women in Judaism and the Greco-Roman World 20

Introduction

Preliminary Comments

Women in Ancient Jewish Society

Women in Second Temple Judaism

Women in the Greco-Roman World

Conclusion

Chapter 3 The Infancy Narratives (Luke 1:5-2:52) 36

Elizabeth

Mary

Anna

Anticipating Broader Narratival and Theological Themes in Luke-Acts

Chapter 4 Galilean Ministry (Luke 3:1-9:50) 64

Jesus as the Central Narrative Character

Calling of the Disciples (Luke 5:1-11, 27-32; 6:12-16)

Raising of the Widow's Son (Luke 7:11-17)

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman (Luke 7:36-50)

Women who Support Jesus (Luke 8:1-3)

Jesus' True Family (Luke 8:19-21)

Raising of Jairus' Daughter and the Healing of the Women with a Hemorrhage (Luke 8:40-56) Summary of Narratival Propositions

Theological Propositions

Anticipating Further Narratival and Theological Themes in Luke-Acts

Chapter 5 Travel Narrative (Luke 9:51-19:28) 101

Sophistication and Paradigms as Narratival Techniques

The Mission of the Seventy (Luke 10:1-24)

Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)

The Queen of the South (Luke 11:31)

Healing of a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath (Luke 13:10-17)

The Parable of the Lost Coin (Luke 15:7-10)

The Parable of the Judge and the Widow (Luke 18:1-8)

Summary of Narratival Propositions

Theological Propositions

Chapter 6 Jerusalem Narrative (Luke 19:29-24:53) 123

The Widows Offering (Luke 21:1-4)

Peter's Denial and the Astute Servant Girl (Luke 22:54-62)

On the Way to the Cross (Luke 23:26-31)

The Death of Jesus (Luke 23:44-49)

The Resurrection of Jesus (Luke 24:1-12)

Summary of Narratival Propositions

Theological Propositions

Chapter 7 The Purpose and Structure of Acts 139

Luke's Portrayal of Women in Acts

The Purposes of Acts: Theological and Apologetic

The Structure of Acts

Chapter 8 The Birth of the Church (Acts 1-2) 149

Acts 1

Acts 2

Summary of Narratival Propositions

Theological Propositions

Chapter 9 The Church in Jerusalem (Acts 3-12) 157

Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)

The Seven who Serve (Acts 6:1-7)

Tabitha-also Known as Dorcas (Acts 9:36-42)

Mary Mother of John, and Rhoda (Acts 12:12-17)

Summary of Narratival Propositions

Theological Propositions

Chapter 10 The Church in the Greco-Roman World (Acts 13-28) 184

The Conversion of Lydia (Acts 16:11-40)

Priscilla (Acts 18:1-28)

The Daughters of Philip (Acts 21:1-16)

Summary of Narratival Propositions

Theological Propositions

Chapter 11 Summary and Conclusions 202

Summary of Narratival Propositions in Luke and Acts

Summary of Theological Propositions in Luke and Acts

A Lukan Theology of Women A Final Word

Bibliography 221

Index of Names 231

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