The Genre of Acts and Collected Biography (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph #156) (Paperback)

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The Genre of Acts and Collected Biography (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph #156) (Paperback)

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It is widely accepted by New Testament scholars that the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles probably originated as two parts of one work by a single author. In spite of this, the books have been assigned to very different genres: Luke is traditionally viewed as a biography of Jesus, and Acts as a history of the early church. Comparing in detail the structure and content of Acts with the formal features of history, novel, epic and biography, Sean A. Adams challenges this division. Applying both ancient and modern genre theory, he argues that the best genre parallel for the Acts of the Apostles is in fact collected biography. Offering a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of genre theory, along with an insightful argument regarding the composition and purpose of Acts, this book will be of interest to those studying the New Testament, Acts, genre theory and ancient literature.
Product Details ISBN: 9781108733960
ISBN-10: 1108733964
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: September 13th, 2018
Pages: 333
Language: English
Series: Society for New Testament Studies Monograph