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By Heidi J. Hornik, Mikeal C. Parsons

Charting the theological and cultural efficiency of Acts around the timespan of Christian background, this paintings of profound scholarship unearths the entire volume of the recent testomony book’s non secular, inventive, literary, and political influence.

  • Reveals the impact of Acts at key turning issues within the heritage of the Christian church
  • Traces the wealthy and sundry creative and cultural history rooted in Acts, from track to literature
  • Analyzes the political importance of the publication as a touchstone within the church’s exterior relations
  • Provides particular statement at the exegesis of Acts down the centuries

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Others have persisted in their attempts to defend the historical reliability of Acts (Hengel 1980; Hemer 1989). When it comes to the “life of Paul,” the modern scholarly consensus is that Paul’s letters are to be given priority over Acts in any historical reconstruction (cf. J. Knox 1950; though see also Moessner et al 2014). With the critically acclaimed film, A Polite Bride, by author and director Robert Orlando, the views that Acts is secondary to Paul’s letters as a historical source and that Acts must be carefully sifted and mined for historical information have now made their way into cinematic culture.

Each object is placed in its historical context and informed by the political, social and religious cultures in which it was created. The object’s meaning or iconography is discussed alongside its formal stylistic characteristics (color, line, shape, composition, medium). The patron and original program (if known) complete the iconological interpretation. Many of the objects have been shaped by the concerns of the patrons who often introduce visual elements drawn from extra canonical sources (written and visual) where needed.

Second, in addition to Luke’s apparent knowledge of Mary, his literary ­artistry as a writer may also have contributed to his depiction as a painter. 340–420) comments several times on the quality of Luke’s writing style. 6). Elsewhere, he notes that Luke “was the most learned in the Greek language among all the evangelists” (Jer. Epist. 4). Evidence of the high regard for Luke’s literary prowess, while ­sporadic, continued right through the Medieval and Renaissance Periods. In The Golden Legend, for example, Jacobus de Voragine (1229–1298) praises Luke’s writing as clear, pleasing, and touching.

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