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The Tapestry Of Early Christian Discourse: Rhetoric, Society And Ideology [Review], Rubén R. Dupertuis Aug 2016

The Tapestry Of Early Christian Discourse: Rhetoric, Society And Ideology [Review], Rubén R. Dupertuis

Ruben R Dupertuis

In this book Vernon Robbins, Professor of Religion at Emory University, provides the most in-depth and systematic discussion to date of the method of Biblical interpretation known as socio-rhetorical criticism, a method he has been developing through numerous articles and books since the publication of Jesus the Teacher: A Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation of Mark in 1984. It should be noted that his Exploring the Texture of Texts: A Guide to Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation, a book similar to the one being reviewed, also appeared in 1996. Although both books contain a very similar outline, Exploring the Texture of Texts is intended to guide ...


The Reception Of Luke And Acts In The Period Before Irenaeus [Review], Rubén R. Dupertuis Aug 2016

The Reception Of Luke And Acts In The Period Before Irenaeus [Review], Rubén R. Dupertuis

Ruben R Dupertuis

In this book, a revision of the author's 2001 Oxford dissertation, Andrew Gregory has set for himself the daunting task of determining when we can definitively say that the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles are being used by later Christian authors. The greatest contribution of this book is that it treats in one study a broad range of texts and scholarly discussion on this question–according to the author, the first time this has been done.


Memory, Tradition And Text: Uses Of The Past In Early Christianity [Review], Rubén R. Dupertuis Aug 2016

Memory, Tradition And Text: Uses Of The Past In Early Christianity [Review], Rubén R. Dupertuis

Ruben R Dupertuis

The aim of this collection of essays is, at least in part, to remedy the lack of attention that studies of early Christianity have paid to recent developments, in the fields of sociology and anthropology, in the study of memory. An excellent introductory survey by Alan Kirk of recent developments in memory studies is followed by eleven essays applying some aspect of the approach to various texts or problems in the study of early Christianity, and then by responses by Werner Kelber and Barry Schwartz. While the various contributions interact in different ways with the relevant theories and models, all ...


Paul The Reluctant Witness: Power And Weakness In Luke's Portrayal, Rubén R. Dupertuis Aug 2016

Paul The Reluctant Witness: Power And Weakness In Luke's Portrayal, Rubén R. Dupertuis

Ruben R Dupertuis

That the Acts of the Apostles includes three slightly different accounts of Paul's Damascus road encounter with Jesus has long presented a challenge to interpreters. In this book Blake Shipp seeks to understand the function of the three accounts in Acts 9, 22, and 26 within the larger narrative sweep of Acts by means of a rhetorical analysis. Critical of what he calls the chaotic state of current rhetorical criticism, Shipp also proposes guidelines for the application of rhetorical analysis of the New Testament, something he terms a "literary-rhetorical" method. The bulk of Shipp's analysis of Acts consists ...


Lost Christianities: The Battles For Scripture And The Faiths We Never Knew [Review], Rubén R. Dupertuis Aug 2016

Lost Christianities: The Battles For Scripture And The Faiths We Never Knew [Review], Rubén R. Dupertuis

Ruben R Dupertuis

This book is an introduction to the basic content of non-canonical early Christian texts, exploring them both as evidence for the diversity of early Christianity and for what they can say about the formation of the New Testament canon. It is divided into three sections. The first uses the concept of forgery to introduce a number of important extra-canonical texts (including Gospel of Peter, the Acts of Paul and Thecla, the Coptic Gospel of Thomas, and the Secret Gospel of Mark). The second section takes a closer look at some of the different forms of Christianity attested by non-canonical literature ...


An Ecstasy Of Folly: Prophecy And Authority In Early Christianity [Review], Rubén R. Dupertuis Aug 2016

An Ecstasy Of Folly: Prophecy And Authority In Early Christianity [Review], Rubén R. Dupertuis

Ruben R Dupertuis

Nasrallah’s book is a valuable contribution to the study of prophecy and ecstatic manifestations in early Christianity, for its reading of representative Christian texts within the larger context of debates about such phenomena in the Greco-Roman world, and for viewing the materials through the lens of rhetorical criticism. Nasrallah focuses on three texts or authors: Paul’s discussion of the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians, Tertullian’s defense of prophecy in De anima and related texts, and the Anti-Phrygian source, Nasrallah’s name for the late second—early-third-century source probably embedded in Epiphanius’ Panarion. Nasrallah argues that ...