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Luke-Acts and ‘Tragic History’
Lee, Doohee

Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013 pp. x + 310. $135.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/346

Description: This volume is the result of an interdisciplinary study that delves into both ancient historiography and the New Testament. DooHee Lee surveys characteristics of the 'tragic history' style employed by ancient Greek, Jewish, and Latin historians such as Herodotus, Thucydides, Phylarchus, Polybius, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Josephus, Livy and more. Readers will learn what the 'tragic history' style is about and how popular it was among ancient historians. After this, the author examines how Luke-Acts adopts this particular historiographical style as an effective means of communication of the Gospel message to the world. Overall, this book will enable its readers to experience history and the New Testament simultaneously. Many stories excerpted and described by DooHee Lee will be interesting to readers in general as well as to researchers of Greco-Roman historiography and the New Testament.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Acts, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Greco-Roman Literature, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology, History of Interpretation

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Review by Gregory Sterling
Published 12/10/2015
Citation: Gregory Sterling, review of Doohee Lee, Luke-Acts and ‘Tragic History’, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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