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Body and character in Luke and Acts : the subversion of physiognomy in early Christianity

Author: Mikeal C Parsons
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Academic, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the ancient world, it was commonly believed that outward appearance provided clues to inner character. The "science" relating physical appearance to moral character is called physiognomy. Mikeal Parsons shows how a number of interesting episodes in Luke and Acts draw upon physiognomy only to subvert it. For example, short physical stature was an indicator of small-mindedness. After his encounter with Jesus,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Parsons, Mikeal Carl, 1957-
Body and character in Luke and Acts.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Academic, ©2006
(OCoLC)609267492
Named Person: Lukas; Lukas; Lukas; Lukas
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mikeal C Parsons
ISBN: 080102885X 9780801028854
OCLC Number: 70060997
Description: 191 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Soul and body react on each other: body and character in Greek and Roman literature --
The movement of the body is a voice of the soul: body and character in early Jewish and Christian literature --
Your eye is the lamp of your body: Luke and the body-soul relationship --
Ought not this daugher of Abraham be set free? Getting the story of the bent woman straight --
Short in stature, son of Abraham: the height of hospitality in the story of Zacchaeus --
His feet and ankles were made strong: signs of character in the man lame from birth --
What is to prevent me? Ambiguity, acceptance, and the Ethiopian eunuch.
Responsibility: Mikeal C. Parsons.
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In the ancient world, it was commonly believed that outward appearance provided clues to inner character. The "science" relating physical appearance to moral character is called physiognomy. Mikeal Parsons shows how a number of interesting episodes in Luke and Acts draw upon physiognomy only to subvert it. For example, short physical stature was an indicator of small-mindedness. After his encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus is still short physically; however, his small-mindedness has been healed, and he repays fourfold those he has defrauded. Thus Luke ultimately denies that any direct line can be drawn between physical appearance and moral character.

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