By Todd C. Penner, Caroline Vander Stichele
How did Greco-Roman discourse form early Christian literature and id? Contextualizing Acts advances the dialogue during this number of cutting edge analyses of the intersection of Lukan narrative and Greco-Roman discourse. themes span the difference of historic rhetoric and historiography, impression of epics and novels, function of orality, and standing of designations akin to apologetic.
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It is notable that Adolf von Harnack followed Hobart’s lead in identifying Luke as a physician. See his Luke the Physician: The Author of the Third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles (trans. J. R. Wilkinson; New Testament Studies 1; London: Williams & Norgate, 1908). 14 See Karl Ludwig Schmidt, The Place of the Gospels in the General History of Literature (trans. B. R. McCane; Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2002). The original German edition was published in 1923. 15 Cadbury, Making of Luke-Acts, 134.
As a specific method, it is best to regard Penner’s approach as a special kind of rhetorical criticism and to refer to it as sociorhetorical criticism. This method may be described by citing a number of characteristic emphases to be found in these newer studies of Acts. The most notable feature exhibited here is an apparent disinterest in the historical reliability of Acts. 26 Penner is the one contributor to make this claim explicit: “one is no longer interested primarily (or even at all) in the historicity of the material in Acts but rather 23 Kennedy acknowledges that, for the most part, the rhetoric of Paul in Acts differs from that in the epistles.
But sociorhetorical critics also include the surrounding culture, and it is here that their studies are breaking through to new and important insights about the book of Acts. Sociorhetorical criticism of Acts has also led to a reappraisal of its literary quality and standing in the ancient world. 32 For him, Luke is an ancient historian, a designation that inspires no confidence in the historical reliability of Acts but allows us to perceive the author’s purposes more clearly. 27 Penner, “Civilizing Discourse,” 84.
Contextualizing Acts: Lukan Narrative and Greco-Roman Discourse (Symposium Series (Society of Biblical Literature), No. 18.) by Todd C. Penner, Caroline Vander Stichele