Journeying through Acts: A Literary Cultural Reading

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Journeying through Acts explores the literary and cultural aspects of Acts and offers a fresh reading of this dramatic volume. Acts is unique in the New Testament canon in part because it is not a gospel or a Pauline letter. It presents a dynamic story of the spread of the Christian gospel from Jerusalem to Rome. The gospel was propelled by the earliest followers of the risen and ascended Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, who is arguably the chief protagonist in the narrative. Spencer’s reading offers a traveller’s guide through the book of Acts. He charts narrative features plot development, character building, and shifting points of view and explores cultural scenarios that affect the events in Acts honour/shame contests, patron client relations, and purity pollution boundaries. Within this literary cultural framework, Spencer undertakes to map the temporal, spatial, and social settings of each segment of the Acts journey. Journeying through Acts offers students, pastors, scholars, and lay readers a satisfying although by no means exhaustive understanding of the overall narrative of Acts in light of recent academic scholarship.

F. Scott Spencer (PhD, University of Durham) previously served as professor of New Testament and biblical interpretation at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia. He has served interim pastorates in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas. Spencer has written numerous books, including Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows and commentaries on Luke, Acts, and the Song of Songs.

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Weight 450 g
Dimensions 222 × 152 × 16 mm

Spencer, F. Scott, (Author)

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Baker Academic (2004), 278 pages

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