» » Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity

eBook Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity epub

by Shelly Matthews

eBook Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity epub
  • ISBN: 0195393325
  • Author: Shelly Matthews
  • Genre: Other
  • Subcategory: Humanities
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 4, 2010)
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • ePUB size: 1179 kb
  • FB2 size 1900 kb
  • Formats mbr lit lrf lrf


Theoretically sophisticated and historically grounded, Shelly Matthews' Perfect Martyr is the most compelling study ever produced of Stephen, Christianity's first martyr

Theoretically sophisticated and historically grounded, Shelly Matthews' Perfect Martyr is the most compelling study ever produced of Stephen, Christianity's first martyr. More than that, it exposes the ideological investments of the author "Luke" who establishes his Christian self-identity at the expense of the fictitious Other, the fabricated figure of the violent Je. - -Bart D. Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Perfect Martyr is a scholarly book that also faces pressing contemporary . Theoretically sophisticated and historically grounded, Shelly Matthews' Perfect Martyr is the most compelling study ever produced of Stephen, Christianity's first martyr

Perfect Martyr is a scholarly book that also faces pressing contemporary issues. Seldom have I learned so much from a book and simultaneously dissented so much. Theoretically sophisticated and historically grounded, Shelly Matthews' Perfect Martyr is the most compelling study ever produced of Stephen, Christianity's first martyr.

Home Browse Books Book details, Perfect Martyr . Shelly Matthews deftly situates Stephen's story within the emerging discourse of early Christian martyrdom.

Home Browse Books Book details, Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the. Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity. Recent studies have examined martyrdom as a means of constructing Christian identity, but until now none has focused on Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

Matthews Shelly (EN). For the author of Luke-Acts, the stoning of Stephen- even more than the death of Jesus- underscores the perfidy of non-believing Jews, the extravagant mercy of Christians, and the inevitable rift that will develop between these two social groups

Recent studies have examined martyrdom as a means of constructing Christian identity, but until now none has focused on Stephen, the first Christian martyr

Recent studies have examined martyrdom as a means of constructing Christian identity, but until now none has focused on Stephen, the first Christian martyr. For the author of Luke-Acts, the stoning of Stephen- even more than the death of Jesus- underscores the perfidy of non-believing Jews, the extravagant mercy of Christians, and the inevitable rift that will develop between these two social groups.

Shelly Matthews deftly situates Stephen's story within the emerging discourse of early Christian martyrdom. Perfect Martyr is a scholarly presentation, radically challenging the commonly accepted position of Stephen’s narrative among scholars and laypeople. Though Stephen is widely acknowledged to be an actual historical figure, Matthews points to his name, his manner of death, and to other signs that his martyrdom was ideally suited to the rhetorical purposes of Acts and its author, Luke: to uphold Roman views of security and respectability, to show non-believing Jews to disadvantage, and to convey that Christianity was an exceptionally.

Recent studies have examined martyrdom as a means of constructing Christian identity, but until now none has focused on Stephen, the first Christian martyr

Recent studies have examined martyrdom as a means of constructing Christian identity, but until now none has focused on Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

Matthews’s central claim in Perfect Martyr is that Acts 6–7 is a rhetorical construction of Stephen, Christianity’s first martyr, that is motivated essentially by an anti-Jewish agenda. This agenda portrays Jews as barbaric murderers but Christians as religiously superior given their ethic of mercy and forgiveness.

This button opens a dialog that displays additional images for this product with the option to zoom in or out. Tell us if something is incorrect. Perfect Martyr : The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity. Dorothy and B H Peace Professor of Religion Shelly Matthews.

Recent studies have examined martyrdom as a means of constructing Christian identity, but until now none has focused on Stephen, the first Christian martyr. For the author of Luke-Acts, the stoning of Stephen-- even more than the death of Jesus-- underscores the perfidy of non-believing Jews, the extravagant mercy of Christians, and the inevitable rift that will develop between these two social groups. Stephen's dying prayer that his persecutors be forgiven-the prayer for which he is hailed in Christian tradition as the "perfect martyr" plays a crucial role in drawing an unprecedented distinction between Jewish and early Christian identities.Shelly Matthews deftly situates Stephen's story within the emerging discourse of early Christian martyrdom. Though Stephen is widely acknowledged to be an actual historical figure, Matthews points to his name, his manner of death, and to other signs that his martyrdom was ideally suited to the rhetorical purposes of Acts and its author, Luke: to uphold Roman views of security and respectability, to show non-believing Jews to disadvantage, and to convey that Christianity was an exceptionally merciful religion. By drawing parallels between Acts and stories of the martyrdom of James, the brother of Jesus, Matthews challenges the coherent canonical narrative of Acts and questions common assumptions about the historicity of Stephen's martyrdom. She also offers a radical new reading of Stephen's last prayer, showing the complex and sometimes violent effects of its modern interpretations. Perfect Martyr illuminates the Stephen story as never before, offering a deeply nuanced picture of violence, solidarity, and resistance among Jews and early Christians, a key to understanding the early development of a non-Jewish Christian identity, and an innovative reframing of one of the most significant stories in the Bible.
eBooks Related to Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity
Contacts | Privacy Policy | DMCA
All rights reserved.
lycee-pablo-picasso.fr © 2016-2020