The Acts of the Apostles (New Testament Readings Series)
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About "The Acts of the Apostles (New Testament Readings Series)"
The question of literary genre of Luke's second volume has been the focus of much debate. In this volume, Loveday Alexander examines afresh the Acts texts, by focusing on the ancient readers of the text. The Acts of the Apostles argues that the diversity of the contemporary readers of the text provide rich and varied readings, as the divergent cultural and educational backgrounds of the readers reveal different perceptions of the text. The Acts of the Apostles explores how Acts would have come across to the reader whose intellectual world was shaped by the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides, by the Greek Bible, by Hellenistic biography, or the Greek novel, or politcal apologetic. It shows how these various readings offer new insights into the text itself and also broadens our understanding of the pitfalls of communication in the ancient world and the strategies adopted by the first Christians writers to negotiate them.
Meet the Authors
John M Court
Dr. John M. Court is one of the United Kingdom's foremost scholars in the area of biblical studies, having taught the subject at the University of Kent for more than two decades. He is coauthor of The New Testament World, the author of two volumes on the Book of Revelation, and an editor for the New Testament Readings series.
Alexander Loveday (Ed)
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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