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Acts of the Apostles and the Rhetoric of Roman Imperialism

Acts of the Apostles and the Rhetoric of Roman Imperialism

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  • Date Published: July 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107187856

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  • Acts of the Apostles is normally understood as a historical report of events of the early church and serves as the organizing centerpiece of the New Testament canon. In this book, Drew W. Billings demonstrates that Acts was written in conformity with broader representational trends and standards found on imperial monuments and in the epigraphic record of the early second century. Bringing an interdisciplinary approach to a text of critical importance, he compares the methods of representation in Acts with visual and verbal representations that were common during the reign of the Roman emperor Trajan (98-117 CE). Billings argues that Acts adopts the rhetoric of Roman imperialism as articulated in the images and texts from the period. His study bridges the fields of classics, art history, gender studies, Jewish studies, and New Testament studies in exploring how early Christian texts relate to wider patterns in the cultural production of the Roman Empire.

    • Includes over twenty images of Roman historical reliefs
    • Examines the interchange between religious and political discourse
    • Provides a comparative approach, and is methodologically sophisticated
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    'The Acts of the Apostles has been assigned to various dates in early imperial history with a scholarly consensus falling between 80 and 90 CE. Drew Billings is not convinced by the grounds cited for that period. He considers that consensus to be based on a compromise between claims that the author is an eyewitness of the events described and skepticism about that claim. His original approach to this problem is to invite us to recognize that the Lukan narrative is a rhetorical construction of whatever original facts there might exist behind such a reshaping.' Allen Brent, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107187856
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Acts and Empire
    1. Acts and monumental historiography
    2. Imperial virtues and provincial representations
    3. Paul and the politics of public portraiture
    4. Acts and anti-Jewish propaganda
    5. Women, gender, and Roman Imperial masculinity

  • Author

    Drew W. Billings, University of Miami
    Drew W. Billings received his Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal in 2016. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of religion at the University of Miami in Florida and has taught at Kalamazoo College, Michigan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York, Pepperdine University, Malibu, Saint Michael's College, Vermont and McGill University, Montreal.

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