The Genre of Acts and Collected Biography.

By: Adams, Sean ASeries: Society for New Testament Studies Monograph SeriesPublisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013Copyright date: ©2013Description: 1 online resource (336 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781107421264Subject(s): Bible. -- Acts -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.;Literary form.;Biography as a literary formGenre/Form: Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Genre of Acts and Collected BiographyDDC classification: 225.6 LOC classification: BS2625.52 .A33 2013Online resources: Click to View
Contents:
Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- 1 Introduction -- Why is genre important? -- State of the question -- Acts as history -- General history -- Political history -- Apologetic history -- Acts as novel/romance -- Acts as epic -- Acts as biography -- Conclusion -- Chapter overview -- Significance of this study -- 2 Modern and ancient genre theory -- Ancient genre theory -- Ancient literary theory -- Aristotle -- Isocrates -- Philodemus -- Cicero -- Horace -- Quintilian -- Aggregation of ancient literary theory -- Genre features according to the ancients -- Genre hierarchy and Greek and Latin literary preferences -- Genre fluidity and development -- Modern genre theory and the function of genre -- What makes a genre? -- The evolution of genre -- Genre and power relations -- Conclusion -- 3 Ancient individual and collected biographies -- Definition of biography -- The early development of biography -- Biography in the Hellenistic era and early empire -- Political biography -- Military biography -- Intellectual biography -- Collected biographies -- Περi βίων -- On Illustrious Men -- Schools, successions, and sects -- What are collected biographies? -- Conclusion -- 4 Acts as collected biography -- Opening features -- Title -- Opening words and preface -- Subject -- External features -- Mode of representation -- Metre -- Size -- Structure -- Scale of subject and chronological scope -- Use of sources -- Literary units -- Methods of characterisation -- Summary -- Internal features -- Setting -- Topoi and motifs -- Style and register -- Atmosphere -- Quality of characterisation -- Social setting and presumed audience -- Authorial intention and purpose -- Summary -- Conclusion -- 5 Characterisation in Acts -- The opening of Acts -- The characters of Acts -- Characters in collected biographies -- Characters and disciple lists in Acts.
John -- Stephen -- Philip -- Ananias -- James -- Barnabas -- Summary -- Those that are not (true) disciples -- Judas -- Ananias and Sapphira -- Simon Magus -- The seven sons of Sceva -- Summary -- Conclusion -- 6 Peter, Paul and the ending of Acts -- Peter and Paul -- Prominent disciples in ancient biographies -- Narrative allocation in Acts -- Peter -- Paul -- Summary -- Paul's missionary journeys and trials -- The ending of Acts -- Rhetorical-literary approach and ancient works -- Endings in Graeco-Roman literature -- Endings in collected biographies -- Ending of Acts -- Conclusion -- 7 Conclusion -- Why did Luke choose collected biography? -- Overview and contributions -- Appendix 1 Literary topoi in ancient Greek biographies -- Birth -- Nationality/birth city -- Ancestry/parents -- Education: teacher(s)/pupils/school -- Appearance -- Childhood events -- Career/deeds -- Reference to works -- Innovations -- Subject's style -- Character -- Piety -- Family (wife and children) -- Death -- Tomb and epitaph -- Will -- Appendix 2 References to biographical works in Diogenes Laertius' The Lives of Eminent Philosophers -- Appendix 3 Divisions in collected biographies -- 1. Diogenes Laertius, The Lives of Eminent Philosophers = 109,777 words divided into 10 books -- 2. Suetonius, Lives of the Caesars = 70,429 words -- 3. Nepos, On Illustrious Men = 24,312 words -- 4. Plutarch, Parallel Lives = 517,874 words -- 5. Jerome, On Illustrious Men = 11,439 words -- 6. Eunapius, Vitae philosophorum, Total 21,429 -- Bibliography -- Primary Sources -- Acts Commentaries -- General Works -- Index of biblical passages -- Index of ancient passages -- Index of modern authors -- Index of subjects.
Summary: Uses genre theory to explore the composition and purpose of Acts, concluding that it is a work of collected biography.
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Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- 1 Introduction -- Why is genre important? -- State of the question -- Acts as history -- General history -- Political history -- Apologetic history -- Acts as novel/romance -- Acts as epic -- Acts as biography -- Conclusion -- Chapter overview -- Significance of this study -- 2 Modern and ancient genre theory -- Ancient genre theory -- Ancient literary theory -- Aristotle -- Isocrates -- Philodemus -- Cicero -- Horace -- Quintilian -- Aggregation of ancient literary theory -- Genre features according to the ancients -- Genre hierarchy and Greek and Latin literary preferences -- Genre fluidity and development -- Modern genre theory and the function of genre -- What makes a genre? -- The evolution of genre -- Genre and power relations -- Conclusion -- 3 Ancient individual and collected biographies -- Definition of biography -- The early development of biography -- Biography in the Hellenistic era and early empire -- Political biography -- Military biography -- Intellectual biography -- Collected biographies -- Περi βίων -- On Illustrious Men -- Schools, successions, and sects -- What are collected biographies? -- Conclusion -- 4 Acts as collected biography -- Opening features -- Title -- Opening words and preface -- Subject -- External features -- Mode of representation -- Metre -- Size -- Structure -- Scale of subject and chronological scope -- Use of sources -- Literary units -- Methods of characterisation -- Summary -- Internal features -- Setting -- Topoi and motifs -- Style and register -- Atmosphere -- Quality of characterisation -- Social setting and presumed audience -- Authorial intention and purpose -- Summary -- Conclusion -- 5 Characterisation in Acts -- The opening of Acts -- The characters of Acts -- Characters in collected biographies -- Characters and disciple lists in Acts.

John -- Stephen -- Philip -- Ananias -- James -- Barnabas -- Summary -- Those that are not (true) disciples -- Judas -- Ananias and Sapphira -- Simon Magus -- The seven sons of Sceva -- Summary -- Conclusion -- 6 Peter, Paul and the ending of Acts -- Peter and Paul -- Prominent disciples in ancient biographies -- Narrative allocation in Acts -- Peter -- Paul -- Summary -- Paul's missionary journeys and trials -- The ending of Acts -- Rhetorical-literary approach and ancient works -- Endings in Graeco-Roman literature -- Endings in collected biographies -- Ending of Acts -- Conclusion -- 7 Conclusion -- Why did Luke choose collected biography? -- Overview and contributions -- Appendix 1 Literary topoi in ancient Greek biographies -- Birth -- Nationality/birth city -- Ancestry/parents -- Education: teacher(s)/pupils/school -- Appearance -- Childhood events -- Career/deeds -- Reference to works -- Innovations -- Subject's style -- Character -- Piety -- Family (wife and children) -- Death -- Tomb and epitaph -- Will -- Appendix 2 References to biographical works in Diogenes Laertius' The Lives of Eminent Philosophers -- Appendix 3 Divisions in collected biographies -- 1. Diogenes Laertius, The Lives of Eminent Philosophers = 109,777 words divided into 10 books -- 2. Suetonius, Lives of the Caesars = 70,429 words -- 3. Nepos, On Illustrious Men = 24,312 words -- 4. Plutarch, Parallel Lives = 517,874 words -- 5. Jerome, On Illustrious Men = 11,439 words -- 6. Eunapius, Vitae philosophorum, Total 21,429 -- Bibliography -- Primary Sources -- Acts Commentaries -- General Works -- Index of biblical passages -- Index of ancient passages -- Index of modern authors -- Index of subjects.

Uses genre theory to explore the composition and purpose of Acts, concluding that it is a work of collected biography.

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