Hearing Between the Lines Hardback

The Audience as Fellow-worker in Luke-Acts and Its Literary Milieu

by Kathy Maxwell;

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Hearing Between the Lines

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This title examines the role of the 'audience' in interpreting Luke's narrative in "Acts" with reference to ancient rhetorical, Jewish, Pagan and other early Christian writings. The audience, and its varying levels of participation, is a vital element for the communication of a story. The stories of Jesus Christ as told in the gospels, and of the early Church as found in "Acts", rely on the audience members and their participation as do all others. In fact, without audience participation, the narrative fails. Audience-oriented criticism, while named only recently, is an ancient phenomenon as old as story telling itself. Kathy Maxwell explores ancient rhetoricians' comments about 'the audience', as well as the kinds of audience participation they expected and the tools used to encourage such participation. Such tools were employed in ancient pagan, Jewish, and Christian literature - the concern being to engage the audience. Maxwell's conclusions impact not only the way biblical scholars view the rhetorical abilities of the Evangelists, but also the way in which modern readers 'hear' the biblical narrative.The modern audience also bears the responsibility of hearing between the lines, of creating the story with the ancient author. Formerly "The Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement", a book series that explores the many aspects of New Testament study including historical perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and theological, cultural and contextual approaches. "The Early Christianity in Context" series, a part of JSNTS, examines the birth and development of early Christianity up to the end of the third century CE. The series places Christianity in its social, cultural, political and economic context. "European Seminar on Christian Origins" and "Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus Supplement" are also part of JSNTS.

Hearing Between the Lines by Kathy Maxwell was published by Continuum in March 2010 and is our 58621st best seller. The ISBN for Hearing Between the Lines is 9780567592910.

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Page last updated 5th September 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherContinuum (March 2010)
Number of Pages224
Thickness23 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code2664796
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