Acts in its ancient literary context: a classicist looks at the Acts of the Apostles

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T & T Clark International, 2005 - Religion - 290 pages
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.

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Contents

The Preface to Acts and the Historians
21
Acts and Ancient Intellectual Biography
43
Voyaging in the Acts of
69
Reflections on the Toponomy of Acts
97
Fact Fiction and the Genre of Acts
133
New Testament Narrative and Ancient Epic
165
The Acts of the Apostles as an Apologetic Text
183
Reading LukeActs from Back to Front
207
Bibliography
253
Index of Ancient Authors and Texts
273
Index of Biblical References
281
Index of Modern Authors
287
Inclusio Diagram
89
The Regions
196
City Names in the Pauline Epistles
124
Total Toponomy of Acts 1328
130

Albert Wifstrand
231
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