The First Christian Historian
Writing the 'Acts of the Apostles'
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First Christian Historian by Daniel Marguerat
Book DescriptionAs 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521609494
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Daniel Marguerat
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This book is an original evaluation of Luke's reliability as the first historian of Christianity.
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Author Biography - Daniel Marguerat
DANIEL MARGUERAT is Professor of New Testament Studies at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
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