The Genre of Acts and Collected Biography

Adams, S. A. (2013) The Genre of Acts and Collected Biography. Series: Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, 156. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781107041042

Adams, S. A. (2013) The Genre of Acts and Collected Biography. Series: Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, 156. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781107041042

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Abstract

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 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.

Item Type:Books
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Adams, Dr Sean
Authors: Adams, S. A.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISBN:9781107041042
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