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The Acts of the Apostles Through the Centuries

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7635-4
368 pages
November 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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Charting the theological and cultural potency of Acts across the timespan of Christian history, this work of profound scholarship reveals the full extent of the New Testament book’s religious, artistic, literary, and political influence.

  • Reveals the influence of Acts at key turning points in the history of the Christian church
  • Traces the rich and varied artistic and cultural heritage rooted in Acts, from music to literature
  • Analyzes the political significance of the book as a touchstone in the church’s external relations
  • Provides detailed commentary on the exegesis of Acts down the centuries
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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

Series Editors' Preface xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgements xvii

List of Abbreviations xix

Introduction: Orienting the Reading 1

Acts 1 19

Acts 2 38

Acts 3–5 66

Acts 6–8 90

Acts 9 110

Acts 10–12 126

Acts 13–14 142

Acts 15 160

Acts 16–17 172

Acts 18–19 193

Acts 20–23 209

Acts 24–26 229

Acts 27–28 242

Epilogue 258

Appendix 1: Citations of the Acts of the Apostles in Creeds & Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition 262

Biographies and Glossary 285

Bibliography 296

Author and Artist Index 322

Index of Scripture References 330

Subject Index 339

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Author Information

Heidi J. Hornik is Professor of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art History at Baylor University, USA. She is a highly respected art historian and scholar in the field of reception history, and the author of Michele Tosini and the Ghirlandaio Workshop in Cinquecento Florence (2009). Prof Hornik co-authored the three- volume series Illuminating Luke (2003, 2005, 2007) with her collaborator on this publication, Mikeal Parsons, with whom she also co-edited Interpreting Christian Art (2004).

Mikeal C. Parsons is Professor and Macon Chair in Religion at Baylor University, USA, where he has taught since 1986. His extensive publications on textual as well as interpretive topics in biblical studies include Body and Character in Luke and Acts: The Subversion of Physiognomy in Early Christianity (2011), and Luke: Storyteller, Evangelist, Interpreter (2007). Prof Parsons has collaborated with Prof Hornik on two previous publications, both as co-author on the three-volume series Illuminating Luke (2003, 2005, 2007), and as co-editor of Interpreting Christian Art (2004).

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