An Introduction to the Study of Luke-Acts

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A&C Black, Mar 15, 2007 - Religion - 154 pages

The aim of this study is to introduce readers to the text, texture and context of Luke-Acts by using various approaches currently practiced by biblical scholars.  Shillington outlines the methods of biblical interpretation and then shows how they might be applied to the texts in question.

Through historical criticism Shillington looks at and explains questions of authorship, the time and setting of the composition, sources and historical background.  Taking a social-science approach he examines the society and culture of the time.  Literary readings include narrative, socio-rhetorical, and audience-response approaches, while theological reading asks how the literary texture and themes of Luke-Acts shape the convictions of Christian communities, past and present.   Lastly, Shillington looks at postcolonial and feminist criticism and how they have changed our understanding of these books.

In each case, analysis of key texts in Luke-Acts comes to the forefront. Each chapter concludes with a list of further relevant resources, and pertinent review questions. The text is accompanied by charts and diagrams to illustrate key points of language and structure.


composition context and intention
events and people inside the text
where people think and live
membership in the new people
poor and rich in Christian
missionary attitude and activity
both men and women
saying to one another
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V. George Shillington is Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Theological Studies at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg. Publications (books): An Introduction to the Study of Luke-Acts (T &T Clark, 2007); On A Journey with God, (Springfield Publications, 2003), Reading the Sacred Text (T &T. Clark, 2002); 2 Corinthians (Herald Press, 1998). He has taught introductory courses to the New Testament for over thirty years, both at an undergraduate and a seminary level.

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