Soldiers in Luke-Acts: Engaging, Contradicting, and Transcending the Stereotypes
Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014 pp. xiii + 222. $118.00
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/362
Description: The author of Luke-Acts constructs a portrait of the Roman military that relies on a variety of literary stereotypes, anticipating that his authorial audience, familiar with the stereotypes, will bring their experience to bear in the process of more fully characterizing the soldiers. Expecting their antipathy, Luke upsets his authorial audience's expectations. Laurie Brink demonstrates that the soldiers, in fact, do not wholly live up to their bad reputations. Engaging, contradicting and transcending the literary stereotypes, Luke creates a progressive portrait of the Roman soldier that demonstrates the attitudes and actions of a good disciple, and that serves as a critique of the authorial audience's original response.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Acts, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism, History of Interpretation
Review by Julia Snyder
Citation: Julia Snyder, review of Laurie Brink, Soldiers in Luke-Acts: Engaging, Contradicting, and Transcending the Stereotypes, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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