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Hearing Between the Lines

The Audience as Fellow-Worker in Luke-Acts and its Literary Milieu

Hearing Between the Lines

The Audience as Fellow-Worker in Luke-Acts and its Literary Milieu

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567688873
Number of Pages: 224
Published: 30/05/2019
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
The audience, and its varying levels of participation, is a vital element for the communication of a story. The stories of Jesus Christ as told in the gospels, and of the early Church as found in Acts, rely on the audience members and their participation as do all others. In fact, without audience participation, the narrative fails. Audience-oriented criticism, while named only recently, is an ancient phenomenon as old as story telling itself. Kathy Maxwell explores ancient rhetoricians' comments about 'the audience', as well as the kinds of audience participation they expected and the tools used to encourage such participation. Such tools were employed in ancient pagan, Jewish, and Christian literature - the concern being to engage the audience. Maxwell's conclusions impact not only the way biblical scholars view the rhetorical abilities of the Evangelists, but also the way in which modern readers 'hear' the biblical narrative. The modern audience also bears the responsibility of hearing between the lines, of creating the story with the ancient author.

Professor Kathy Maxwell

Kathy Maxwell is Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Director of Academic Programs at the South Texas School of Christian Studies, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

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