New Essays on Canonical and Non-canonical Acts
Ed. by Harold W. Attridge, Dennis R. MacDonald, and Clare K. Rothschild
[Wunderbare Apostelgeschichte. Neue Aufsätze zu kanonischen und nicht-kanonischen Apostelgeschichten.]
2017. XVI, 304 pages.
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Published in English.The primary impetus of this collection of essays on canonical and non-canonical Acts is to honor the scholarly achievements of Richard I. Pervo. Pervo pioneered the view that canonical Acts is comparable to ancient fiction, insofar as the various episodes about Peter, Paul and the other apostles were composed to entertain, even as they inform. In the spirit of this work, contributors to this volume do not sit idly by. Prodding and provoking readers, these new and often exploratory essays travel at different speeds and with notable variation from center within the broad orbit of canonical Acts. The hope is that this volume will foster serious conversation of the things discussed, with no small measure of delight along the way.
Survey of contentsClare K. Rothschild: Introduction
Harold W. Attridge: Paul and Pentheus: What's in a Possible Allusion – Clayton N. Jefford: Rethinking the Relationship of Acts and the Didache – Amy-Jill Levine: Tabitha/Dorcas, Spinning Off Cultural Criticism – Dennis R. MacDonald: The Son of Man in Acts 7:56 and His Origin in the Lost Gospel – Troy W. Martin: Peter and the Expansion of Early Christianity in the Letters of Acts 15:23–29 and First Peter – Shelly Matthews: Fleshly Resurrection, Wifely Submission, and the Myth of the Primal Androgyne: The Link between Luke 24:39 and Ephesians 5:30 – David Moessner: A Strange 'New Dish' Called Acts – Mikeal C. Parsons: The Interrelationship of Friendship, Hospitality, and Philanthropy in Luke's Writings – Mark Reasoner: The Open Stage of Luke and Acts – Clare K. Rothschild: Perfect Martyr? Dangerous Material in the Stoning of Stephen – Melissa Harl Sellew: James and the Rejection of Apostolic Authority in the Gospel of Thomas – Janet E. Spittler: Joking and Play in the Acts of John – Angela Standhartinger: Better Ending: Paul at the Roman Colonia Philippi in Acts 16
II. Complete Bibliography: Richard I. Pervo