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Geography and the Ascension Narrative in Acts


Part of Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series

  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107628311

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  • The book of Acts contains a strong geographical component. Yet readings of Acts typically ignore or marginalise geography's contribution to the construction of the narrative's theology. In this book Matthew Sleeman argues that Jesus' ascension into heaven is foundational for establishing the 'spatiality' of Acts, showing that the narrative's understanding of place and space is shaped decisively by Christ's heavenly location. Drawing on recent advances in geographical theory, Sleeman offers a 'spatial' interpretation that expands our vision of how space and place inform the theological impulses of Acts. Presenting a complement to conventional 'temporal' readings of Acts, he sheds new light on the theology of the book, and suggests new ways of reading not only Acts but also other New Testament texts. Sleeman's work combines innovative biblical scholarship with accessible and informative geographical analysis, and is suitable for those with research and teaching interests in human geography or biblical studies.

    • Provides a 'narrative-based' examination of Jesus' ascension within Acts which is often only addressed from the perspective of systematic theology
    • This sustained interdisciplinary exchange between biblical studies and human geography offers new interpretative possibilities
    • Shows how looking at 'space' as well as 'time' can provide fresh insights into biblical texts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'Sleeman's is an important, innovative, readable contribution to Lukan studies - and far beyond … every serious NT library will create space for it.' Peter Doble, University of Leeds

    Review of the hardback: 'This well-written work demonstrates the innovative benefits that may be reaped from interdisciplinary study and research … innovative insights and exciting new readings …' Churchman

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107628311
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part 1. Theory:
    1. Ascension scholarship at the turn of the century
    2. Finding a place for ascension geography
    Part 2. Exegesis:
    3. Acts 1:1–26
    4. Acts 2:1–6:7
    5. Acts 6:8–8:3
    6. Acts 8:4–9:31
    7. Acts 9:32–11:18
    8. Concluding reflections

  • Author

    Matthew Sleeman, Oak Hill Theological College, London
    Matthew Sleeman is Lecturer in New Testament and Greek at Oak Hill Theological College, London.

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