In Praise of Christian Origins

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"Penner's 'In Praise of Christian Origins' draws on an extraordinarily wide range of reading in New testament studies, classical rhetoric, ancient historiography, and Jewish-Hellenistic literature. Penner's grasp of all these fields is admirable and matched by few. Penner brings this rich array of scholarship to bear on a novel interpretation of Acts' narrative on the 'Hellenists' and Stephen. Setting this narrative in the context of a historiography guided by the aims of epideitic rhetoric, he has shifted focus away from traditional questions of historicity or theology to be constructed of Christian self-identy. The book is controversial, provocative, and stimulating in the best sense." - Erich Gruen, Professor of History and Classics, University of California, Berkeley

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"Penner's 'In Praise of Christian Origins' draws on an extraordinarily wide range of reading in New testament studies, classical rhetoric, ancient historiography, and Jewish-Hellenistic literature. Penner's grasp of all these fields is admirable and matched by few. Penner brings this rich array of scholarship to bear on a novel interpretation of Acts' narrative on the 'Hellenists' and Stephen. Setting this narrative in the context of a historiography guided by the aims of epideitic rhetoric, he has shifted focus away from traditional questions of historicity or theology to be constructed of Christian self-identy. The book is controversial, provocative, and stimulating in the best sense." - Erich Gruen, Professor of History and Classics, University of California, Berkeley

"Steeped in the writings of ancient Greek, Roman, Hellenistic, and Jewish historians, Penner employs his impressive skills of interpretation to produce a ground-breaking study of Stephen and the Hellenists in Acts. He shows that Luke, like other ancient historians, was less interested in historicity than in writing a persuasive narrative. Penner's study will almost certainly encourage his peers to consider new approaches to the study of the Acts of the Apostles." - Joseph B. Tyson, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Paperback, 400 pages, 15 x 23 cms

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Author Todd Penner
Pages 400
Cover Soft
Width (mm) 150
Height (mm) 230

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