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The first Christian historian : writing the "Acts of the Apostles"

Author: Daniel Marguerat
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Series: Monograph series (Society for New Testament Studies), 121.
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As the first historian of Christianity, Luke's reliability is vigorously disputed among scholars. The author of the Acts is often accused of being a biased, imprecise, and anti-Jewish historian who created a distorted portrait of Paul. Daniel Marguerat tries to avoid being caught in this true/false quagmire when examining Luke's interpretation of history. Instead he combines different tools - reflection upon  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Marguerat
ISBN: 0521816505 9780521816502
OCLC Number: 49031504
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xii, 299 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface --
How Luke wrote history --
A narrative of beginnings --
The unity of Luke --
Acts: the task of reading --
A Christianity between Jerusalem and Rome --
The God of Acts --
The work of the Spirit --
Jews and Christians in conflict --
Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5.1-11): the original sin --
Saul's conversion (Acts 9; 22; 26) --
The enigma of the end of Acts (28.16-31) --
Travels and travellers --
Bibliography --
Index of passages.
Series Title: Monograph series (Society for New Testament Studies), 121.
Other Titles: Première histoire du christianisme.
Responsibility: Daniel Marguerat ; translated by Ken McKinney, Gregory J. Laughery, and Richard Bauckham.
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As the first historian of Christianity, Luke's reliability is vigorously disputed among scholars. The author of the Acts is often accused of being a biased, imprecise, and anti-Jewish historian who created a distorted portrait of Paul. Daniel Marguerat tries to avoid being caught in this true/false quagmire when examining Luke's interpretation of history. Instead he combines different tools - reflection upon historiography, the rules of ancient historians and narrative criticism - to analyse the Acts and gauge the historiographical aims of their author. Marguerat examines the construction of the narrative, the framing of the plot and the characterization, and places his evaluation firmly in the framework of ancient historiography, where history reflects tradition and not documentation. This is a fresh and original approach to the classic themes of Lucan theology: Christianity between Jerusalem and Rome, the image of God, the work of the Spirit, the unity of Luke and the Acts.

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