By Heidi J. Hornik, Mikeal C. Parsons

Charting the theological and cultural efficiency of Acts around the timespan of Christian heritage, this paintings of profound scholarship unearths the complete quantity of the hot testomony book’s spiritual, creative, literary, and political influence.

  • Reveals the impression of Acts at key turning issues within the background of the Christian church
  • Traces the wealthy and sundry creative and cultural historical past rooted in Acts, from song to literature
  • Analyzes the political value of the e-book as a touchstone within the church’s exterior relations
  • Provides particular observation at the exegesis of Acts down the centuries

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The last two pages depict the crucifixion and empty tomb (fol. 13r), the ascension (fol. 13v), Christ enthroned (fol. 14r), and Pentecost (fol. 14v). ) and also contains Acts. The figure of Christ is positioned in a mandorla (almond‐shaped frame) with his right hand in a blessing gesture and his left holding a scroll. The background of the mandorla is an aquamarine blue. Christ, flanked by two angels, is bearded and wears a golden nimbus (a special type of halo reserved for Christ that reveals the arms of the cross).

In The Golden Legend, for example, Jacobus de Voragine (1229–1298) praises Luke’s writing as clear, pleasing, and touching. Clarity is combined with vividness as virtues extolled in the ancient rhetorical handbook tradition from the Hellenistic period (see Quintilian, Inst. 62; Rhet. Her. 51). The authors of the so‐called progymnasmata (rhetorical exercises for schoolboys) also commended the vividness, clarity, and style of both the accomplished speaker and writer. E. author, Aelius Theon, combines clarity and vividness when he asserts that the “desirable ­qualities of a description are these; above all, clarity and vividness, in order that what is being reported is virtually visible” (Prog.

How can it so far liberate itself from the laws of gravity, as to be capable of an ascent through the air? and how can it be conceived that God gave so preternatural a capability to Jesus by a miracle … As an attempt to set us free from such difficulties and absurdities, the natural explanation of this narrative must needs be welcome. … the Rationalists tell us that we are not to understand επηρθη as signifying an elevation above the earth, but only that Jesus, Acts 1 31 in order to bless the disciples, drew up his form and thus appeared more elevated to them.

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