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Reading Acts: The Lector and the Early Christian Audience (Biblical Interpretation Series) 2004

William Shiell

Reading Acts: The Lector and the Early Christian Audience (Biblical Interpretation Series)

William Shiell proposes that the book of Acts was performed orally by a lector in the early church following Greco-Roman rhetorical conventions for recitation and delivery rather than directly read by an audience that was minimally literate.

Shiells study outlines the function of the lector in Greco-Roman times as a filter through which an audience would receive a text. He describes the conventions for performers gestures, facial expressions, and vocal inflections found in material from Greco-Roman literature and art that are mirrored in the book of Acts.

He examines how a reading of Acts in this light can fill interpretive gaps left by literary and rhetorical-critical studies that focus on the reading rather than the hearing of biblical texts.

Series: Biblical Interpretation (Book 70)
Hardcover: 234 pages Publisher: Brill (August 1, 2004) Language: English ISBN-10: 0391042165 ISBN-13: 978-0391042162 Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds ()

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