By Heidi J. Hornik, Mikeal C. Parsons
Charting the theological and cultural efficiency of Acts around the timespan of Christian heritage, this paintings of profound scholarship unearths the entire quantity of the recent testomony book’s non secular, creative, literary, and political influence.
- Reveals the effect of Acts at key turning issues within the background of the Christian church
- Traces the wealthy and sundry inventive and cultural background rooted in Acts, from tune to literature
- Analyzes the political importance of the booklet as a touchstone within the church’s exterior relations
- Provides distinctive remark at the exegesis of Acts down the centuries
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E. author, Aelius Theon, combines clarity and vividness when he asserts that the “desirable qualities of a description are these; above all, clarity and vividness, in order that what is being reported is virtually visible” (Prog. 53–55). , appealing to the eye and not the ear), it was a simple move to characterize Luke the rhetorical artist as the painting evangelist. Thus, Luke’s attention to Mary combined with his rhetorical artistry c ommended him as the one obvious choice to be credited with painting an authentic likeness of Mary.
Luke as Painter The focus on Acts in art may also be justified, in part, by appealing to an ancient legend attributed to Theodorus Lector (c. 530) that Luke was himself an artist, most famous for painting an icon of the Virgin Mary (see Hornik and Parsons 2003). The origins of the legend about Luke the painter are not clear. One fascinating theory has emerged that the motif of the painting evangelist had a long pre‐history (Klein 1933). The image of the reading philosopher in the classical period became, in the Augustan period, that of a 16 Introduction: Orienting the Reading writer, which served as a model for the writing evangelist.
313–98), Eusebius (260–339), Ephrem the Syrian (c. 306–373), “Commentary on Acts”; John Chrysostom (347–407), Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles; among others. Later authors include Arator (sixth century) On the Acts of the Apostles. The Venerable Bede (672/3–735) was a British monastic leader and author of the first extant British commentary on Acts, Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles; Humanist Erasmus (1466–1536) also wrote a commentary, Paraphrase on Acts. In addition, Augustine (354–430) and Aquinas (1225–1274) made frequent reference to Acts, even though neither produced a commentary per se (on ancient commentary, see Martin 2006).