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Rumors of Resistance: Status Reversals and Hidden Transcripts in the Gospel of Luke
Miller, Amanda C.

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014 pp. xii + 283. $59.00

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Emerging Scholars


Description: James C. Scott’s discussion of “hidden transcripts” of defiance or resistance among subordinate groups has been taken up by scholars who claim to detect elements of defiant transcripts in biblical texts. In Rumors of Resistance, Amanda C. Miller uses Scott’s theory to explain tensions within the narrative of the Gospel of Luke, between more accommodationist narratives and poetic or parabolic passages that announce a dramatic eschatological reversal. Miller concludes that Luke’s audience would have been challenged to resist the dominant values of Roman imperial culture even as the narrative framework of Luke partially obscures that “transcript.”

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period, Textual Criticism, Social-Scientific Approaches, Sociology, History of Interpretation

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Review by Eric D. Barreto
Published 6/15/2017
Citation: Eric D. Barreto, review of Amanda C. Miller, Rumors of Resistance: Status Reversals and Hidden Transcripts in the Gospel of Luke, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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