Sight and Blindness in Luke-Acts: The Use of Physical Features in Characterization

The Use of Physical Features in Characterization
Brill (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 28. Februar 2008
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  • Hardcover
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  • 226 Seiten
978-90-04-16535-9 (ISBN)
Reading Luke-Acts through the lens of Greco-Roman physiognomics, this is a study of the use of physical descriptions in characterization in the biblical texts. Specifically, this work studies blindness as characterization and, ultimately, as an interpretive guide to Luke-Acts.
  • Englisch
  • Leiden
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  • Niederlande
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • Gewebe
  • Höhe: 244 mm
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  • Breite: 165 mm
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  • Dicke: 18 mm
  • 522 gr
978-90-04-16535-9 (9789004165359)
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J. Chad Hartsock, Ph.D. (2007) in Biblical Studies, Baylor University, is a Teaching Fellow at Baylor University and George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. This is his first publication.
Chapter One: Introduction Methodology Outline of Chapters Chapter Two: An Introduction to Physiognomy Physiognomy Defined: Its History and Practice Introducing the Sources-Handbooks on Physiognomy The Methods of the Physiognomists Physiognomy in Practice: Examples in Ancient Literature Conclusion Chapter Three: Eyes, Sight, and Blindness: Learning to See with Physiognomic Eyes Disability in the Greco-Roman World The Eyes: Window to the Soul Blindness in Greco-Roman Literature: Developing a Topos Examples of Blindness in Greco-Roman Literature Conclusion Chapter Four: Physiognomy and Blindness in the Old Testament and Second Temple Judaism Linking Physiognomy to the Old Testament Examples of Physiognomy in the Old Testament and Second Temple Judaism Blindness in the Jewish Writings Conclusion Chapter Five: Physiognomy and Blindness in the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature Examples of Physiognomy in the NT and Other Early Christian Literature Examples of Blindness in the NT and Other Early Christian Literature Conclusion Chapter Six: Physiognomy and Blindness in Luke-Acts Physiognomy in Luke-Acts Blindness in Luke-Acts Chapter Seven: Conclusion Bibliography
"...die Arbeit [hat] einen anregenden Beitrag zur Exegese der Apostelgeschichte in deren kulturhistorischen Rahmenbedingungen geleistet... Facettenreich wird dieses Verstandnis entfaltet und am Text verifiziert." - Manfred Lang, in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 135 (2010)
The ancient world often thought in terms of physiognomics-the idea that character can be discerned by studying outward, physical features. That physical descriptions carry moral freight in characterization has been largely missed in modern biblical scholarship, and this study brings that to the forefront. Specifically, this is a study of one particular physical marker-blindness. When we look at Greco-Roman literature, a kind of literary topos begins to emerge, a set of assumptions that ancient audiences would typically make when encountering blind characters. Luke-Acts makes use of such a topos in a way that becomes programmatic, serving as a kind of interpretive key to Luke-Acts that is generally unnoticed in modern scholarship.

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