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The “We” Passages in the Acts of the Apostles: The Narrator as Narrative Character
Campbell, William Sanger

Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2007 pp. xii + 150. $19.95/$107.00

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Description: This book explores the narrative significance of the “we” passages in Acts within the boundaries of acceptable ancient grammatical practice. It contends that the occasional first-person plural narrator represents a character whose entrance at crucial moments in Paul’s career parallels the role of Barnabas, the apostle’s earlier companion. Although consistent with the grammatical practice of ancient writers, the use of the “we” style in Acts nonetheless represents a variation of those conventions because the author of Acts wrote anonymously and never claimed personal participation in the events narrated. In analyzing the function of the narrator as narrative character, the book presents narrative literary strategy as a fruitful approach to these enigmatic texts whose narrative possibilities have in the past been subordinated to their historical potential.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Acts, Literature

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Review by Deborah Prince
Published 1/17/2009
Citation: Deborah Thompson Prince, review of William Sanger Campbell, The “We” Passages in the Acts of the Apostles: The Narrator as Narrative Character, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


Review by Jean-François Racine
Published 10/4/2008
Citation: Jean-François Racine, review of William Sanger Campbell, The “We” Passages in the Acts of the Apostles: The Narrator as Narrative Character, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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