Luke and Greco-Roman education: Luke’s education and its influence on the selection of genre

Adams, S. (2010) Luke and Greco-Roman education: Luke’s education and its influence on the selection of genre. In: SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, USA, 20-23 Nov 2010, (Unpublished)

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Although often take for grated, the nature and role of education in the ancient world had a profound influence on the literature produced within an epoch and geographic region. Similarly, cultural preferences, from both dominate and subordinate ethnic powers, shaped the development and character of prestigious and low literature alike. Accordingly, investigations into progymnasmatic texts, as well as the educational writings of Cicero and Quintilian provide insight into the educational world in which the New Testament writers were educated and the New Testament documents were penned. Dialoguing with the progymnasmatic works of Kennedy and others, as well as the modern studies on Luke, this paper seeks to re-investigate the enigma of Lukan education and the affect of said education on the Lukan writings. While identifying Luke’s educational influences is an important endeavour in its own right, the results of this investigation provide an important platform into the examination of Lukan style, the relationship of Luke-Acts to extra-biblical texts, and the identification of the genre of Luke-Acts. While these three aspects are important, it is particularly with the later that the application of this investigation will focus on.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Adams, Professor Sean
Authors: Adams, S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies

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