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By Drew W. Billings

Acts of the Apostles is generally understood as a ancient record of occasions of the early Church and serves because the organizing centerpiece of the hot testomony canon. during this ebook, Drew Billings demonstrates that Acts used to be written in conformity with broader representational traits and criteria discovered on imperial monuments and within the epigraphic checklist of the early moment century. Bringing an interdisciplinary method of a textual content of serious value, he compares the tools of illustration in Acts with visible and verbal representations that have been universal throughout the reign of the Roman Emperor Trajan. Billings argues that Acts adopts the rhetoric of Roman imperialism came upon on imperial monuments and within the epigraphic list of the early moment century. His research bridges the fields of classics, paintings background, gender reports, Jewish reviews and New testomony experiences in exploring how Early Christian texts relate to wider styles within the cultural construction of the Roman Empire.

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