Friday, July 01, 2005

Strange Acts

My doctoral advisor, Dr. Rick Strelan, has just published a book about Acts in its Hellenistic cultural setting. It is worth checking out by all those interested in the Book of Acts and Christianity in the Greco-Roman world!

He's presenting a seminar on his book at the British NT Conference in September if anyone is interested.

Strange Acts
Studies in the Cultural World of the Acts of the Apostles

Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft - BZNW 126
by Rick Strelan


This book examines many of the strange events and actions in Acts in the context of the Hellenistic world and from that perspective. These events and actions include the ascension of Jesus, direction by the Spirit, visions, angelophanies, prison escapes and resuscitations of the dead. Many of these events are either avoided in scholarship or are investigated with an agenda other than to understand them for themselves. The book constructs an ancient audience to be one that has a close familiarity with the Septuagint and with other Greek and Latin writings. The culturally-strange events are then interpreted through the lens of these texts.

1 comment:

Brandon Wason said...

Thanks for the post. The URL didn't work, however. You may want to try using this one instead: