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Epochs and Styles: Selected Writings on the New Testament, Greek Language and Greek Culture in the Post-Classical Era
Wifstrand, Albert
Rydbeck, Lars and Stanley E. Porter, editors

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2005 pp. viii + 240. Ä74.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 179


Description: This book contains essays by Albert Wifstrand, most of which have previously only been published in Swedish. The author brings his range of learning and insight to bear on fundamental questions regarding the Greek of the New Testament. By bringing a full range of stylistic, grammatical and socio-historical data into consideration, Wifstrand finds a place for the language of the New Testament within the evolution of post-classical Greek. This includes full appreciation of the so-called classicistic renaissance in language and culture in the early Empire and its influence on the development of later Greek. Wifstrands firm grasp of the full history of the Greek language and culture from classical to Byzantine times allows him to offer original insights into the difference between Greek and modern prose style. In the course of his discussions, he also offers insightful analysis of how the Greeks viewed the Romans, the ancient views of the child, and how ancient cosmology was related to their conception of the entire universe. Writers that he treats in detail include the New Testament authors of Luke and Acts, the Epistles of James and Peter, Melito, and Galen, among others.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature

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Review by Steven Thompson
Published 6/30/2007
Citation: Steven Thompson, review of Albert Wifstrand, Epochs and Styles: Selected Writings on the New Testament, Greek Language and Greek Culture in the Post-Classical Era, edited by Lars Rydbeck and Stanley E. Porter, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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