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Acts (Black's New Testament Commentary Series)

Alexander Loveday (Ed)

Paperback 2025-04-01

Luke's two-volume work begins with a formal preface unlike anything else in the New Testament, and it has long been academic orthodoxy that Luke's choice of style, vocabulary, and content in this short passage reveal a desire to present his work to contemporary readers as 'History' in the great tradition of Thucydides and Polybius. This study challenges that assumption: far from aping the classical historians, Dr Alexander argues, Luke was simply introducing his book in a style that would have been familiar to readers of the scientific and technical manuals which proliferated in the hellenistic world. The book contains a detailed study of these Greek 'scientific' prefaces as well as a word-by-word commentary on the Lucan texts. In her concluding chapters, Alexander seeks to explore the consequences of this alignment both for the literary genre of Luke-Acts (is it meant to be read as 'history'?) and for the social background of the author and the book's first readers
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In this keenly awaited new Commentary on Luke-Acts, Loveday Alexander examines the key issues surrounding the text.

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Luke's two-volume work begins with a formal preface unlike anything else in the New Testament, and it has long been academic orthodoxy that Luke's choice of style, vocabulary, and content in this short passage reveal a desire to present his work to contemporary readers as 'History' in the great tradition of Thucydides and Polybius. This study challenges that assumption: far from aping the classical historians, Dr Alexander argues, Luke was simply introducing his book in a style that would have been familiar to readers of the scientific and technical manuals which proliferated in the hellenistic world. The book contains a detailed study of these Greek 'scientific' prefaces as well as a word-by-word commentary on the Lucan texts. In her concluding chapters, Alexander seeks to explore the consequences of this alignment both for the literary genre of Luke-Acts (is it meant to be read as 'history'?) and for the social background of the author and the book's first readers
-Publisher.

Publisher Description

In this keenly awaited new Commentary on Luke-Acts, Loveday Alexander examines the key issues surrounding the text.

Koorong Code276068
ISBN1847062121
EAN9781847062123
Pages456
DepartmentAcademic
CategoryCommentaries, New Testament
Sub-CategoryActs
PublisherBloomsbury Continuum Publishing Group
Publication DateApr 2025
Dimensions0 x 156 x 234mm