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The citation of scripture as a key to characterization in acts

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This chapter brings together two rich methods of inquiry in Luke-Acts studies?intertextuality, in particular the way Acts uses Scripture, and literary studies of characterization. These two methods of inquiry have largely remained discrete areas of study for Acts, even though they both take as their primary textual data the same material, the speeches in Acts. Intertextual studies of speeches tend to focus on scriptural antecedents that lie behind Luke?s use of Scripture, identifying the particular scriptural verses that are quoted or echoed and categorizing the variations that Luke works on text of the LXX, or on the methods and modes of scriptural interpretation that the use of Scripture reveals. Character studies, and literary studies more generally, focus on speeches for their rhetorical function in Acts, the ways they move the plot and advance the book?s main theological themes, and what the speeches show about Luke?s attitude toward his characters.

Keywords: character studies; intertextuality; Luke-Acts studies; LXX; scripture; speeches in Acts



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