Acts in Its Ancient Literary Context
Here, gathered for the first time, is a collection of Loveday Alexander's critically acclaimed essays on the Acts of the Apostles. In this collection of essays, Alexander addresses the central question 'What kind of book is Acts?' She approaches the...
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Here, gathered for the first time, is a collection of Loveday Alexander's critically acclaimed essays on the Acts of the Apostles. In this collection of essays, Alexander addresses the central question 'What kind of book is Acts?' She approaches the text of Acts with a finely-tuned sense of the complexities of the conventional codes that governed reading and writing in the classical world, and argues that the differences between New Testament texts and contemporary writings in the Graeco-Roman world can be as revealing as the similarities. The collection begins with Alexander's classic analysis of the literary codes governing the preface to Luke's two-volume work, in which she challenges the dominant consensus that the language and structure of the preface evoke the generic conventions of Greek historiography. That insight opens up the possibility of reading Acts alongside other ancient literary genres: the lives of the Greek philosophers, the Greek novels of Chariton and Xenophon of
A collection of Loveday Alexander's essays critiquing the Acts of the Apostles>
The Revd Canon Professor Loveday C.A. Alexander (D.Phil.,Oxford) came to biblical studies via a degree in classics, philosophy and ancient history at Oxford. In her teaching and research work she is exploring the links between the New Testament and the Graeco-Roman world.
Publications include Images of Empire, The Preface to Luke's Gospel, Acts in its Ancient Literary Context and Acts: The Peoples Bible. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, and The Expository Times, and is currently on the editorial board of The Journal for the Study of the New Testament.
She was an editor and contributor to the Oxford Bible Commentary. Future projects include the New Testament History volume for the New Testament Library series, Luke-Acts (Black's New Testament) and Hebrews (International Critical Commentary). She is also an ordained priest in the Anglican Church and in 2003 was appointed Canon-Theologian at Chester Cathedral.
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