V. George Shillington introduces readers to the text, texture and context of Luke-Acts in this tried and tested introduction, now in its second edition. Using various approaches currently practiced by biblical scholars Shillington outlines the methods of biblical interpretation and then shows how they might be applied to the texts in question.
Through historical criticism Shillington looks at and explains questions of authorship, the time and setting of the composition, sources and historical background. Taking a social-science approach he examines the society and culture of the time. Literary readings include narrative, socio-rhetorical, and audience-response approaches, while a theological reading asks how the literary texture and themes of Luke-Acts shape the convictions of Christian communities, past and present. Incorporating modern approaches in the field, Shillington looks at postcolonial and feminist criticism and how they have changed our understanding of these books. Each chapter concludes with a list of further relevant resources, and pertinent review questions. The text is accompanied by charts and diagrams to illustrate key points of language and structure.
V. George Shillington is Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Theological Studies, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Canada.
Acknowledgements 1. Luke-Acts: An Aerial View 2. Historical Inquiry: Composition, Context and Intention 3. Historical Inquiry: Events and People Inside the Text 4 Social Science Scenarios: Where People Think and Live 5. Socio-Rhetorical Texture: Membership in the New People of God 6. Narrative Discourse: Poor and Rich in Christian Community 7. Postcolonial Engagement: Missionary Attitude and Activity 8. Feminist Praxis: `Both Men and Women' 9. Theological Interchange: `Saying to One Another' Bibliography Index