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Contextualizing Acts Lukan Narrative and Greco-Roman Discourse

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ISBN 10: 9004127380 / ISBN 13: 9789004127388
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How did Greco-Roman discourse shape early Christian literature and identity? Contextualizing Acts advances the discussion in this collection of innovative analyses of the intersection of Lukan narrative and Greco-Roman discourse. Topics span the adaptation of ancient rhetoric and historiography, influence of epics and novels, role of orality, and status of designations such as apologetic. Contributors include David L. Balch, Samuel Byrskog, Gary Gilbert, Dennis R. MacDonald, Milton Moreland, Mikeal C. Parsons, Saundra Schwartz, Joseph B. Tyson, Amy L. Wordelman, and the editors. Bookseller Inventory # PENCONTEXC

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Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers

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This collection of essays provides an array of complementary studies on Acts that illustrate the move away from traditional modes of interpretation toward more innovative historical, cultural, and literary analyses. It focuses particularly on the intersection of early Christian literature and its Greco-Roman cultural and discursive contexts. The essays include examinations and reevaluations of the use of ancient rhetoric, the relation of Acts to ancient historiography, influence by and imitation of epics and novels, the status of classic designations such as "apologetic," the role of orality in narrative formation, and the profile and direction of contemporary Acts scholarship. The collection also explores the implications of these new approaches for understanding early Christian identity formation and their serviceability for reconstructing the social location of early Christian history and ideology. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (

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Todd Penner is Assistant Professor of Religion at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Caroline Vander Stichele is Universitair Docent in Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

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