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Characters and characterization in Luke-Acts / edited by Frank E. Dicken and Julia A. Snyder.

  • London : Bloomsbury T&T Clark, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.
  • ©2016
x, 254 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Summary note:
"Like all skilful authors, the composer of the biblical books of Luke and Acts understood that a good story requires more than a gripping plot - a persuasive narrative also needs well-portrayed, plot-enhancing characters. This book brings together a set of new essays examining characters and characterization in those books from a variety of methodological perspectives. The essays illustrate how narratological, sociolinguistic, reader-response, feminist, redaction, reception historical, and comparative literature approaches can be fruitfully applied to the question of Luke's techniques of characterization. Theoretical and methodological discussions are complemented with case studies of specific Lukan characters. Together, the essays reflect the understanding that while many of the literary techniques involved in characterization attest a certain universality, each writer also brings his or her own unique perspective and talent to the portrayal and use of characters, with the result that analysis of a writer's characters and style of characterization can enhance appreciation of that writer's work." -- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-231) and indexes.
Introduction / Frank Dicken and Julia Snyder -- The woman who crashed Simon's party: a reader-response approach to Luke 7:36-50 / James L. Resseguie -- Levi's banquet (Luke 5:29-39) and Lukan discipleship: group characters and Christian identity formation / John A. Darr -- Zechariah and Gabriel as thematic characters: a narratological reading of the beginning of Luke's gospel (Luke 1:8-20) / Hannah M. Cocksworth -- The characterization of the two brothers in the parable of the Prodical Son (Luke 15:11-32): their function and afterlives / David B. Gowler -- A woman's touch: manual and emotional dynamics of female characters in Luke's gospel / F. Scott Spencer -- The rich are the bad guys: Lukan characters and wealth ethics / Cornelis Bennema -- A cognitive narratological approach to the characterization(s) of Zacchaeus / Joel B. Green -- Jesus, present and/or absent? The presence and presentation of Jesus as a character in the book of Acts / Steve Walton -- Sight and spectacle: "seeing" Paul in the book of Acts / Britanny E. Wilson -- The characterization of disciples in Acts: genre, method, and quality / Sean A. Adams -- Sociolinguistic dynamics and characterization in the Acts of the Apostles / Julia A. Snyder -- Simeon in Acts 15:14: Simon Peter and echoes of Simeons past / Stephen E. Fowl -- Herod as Jesus' executioner: possibilities in Lukan reception and Wirkungsgeschichte / Frank E. Dicken.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
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