Christian Origins and Greco-Roman Culture, Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts assemble an international team of scholars whose work has focused on reconstructing the social matrix for earliest Christianity through the use of Greco-Roman materials and literary forms. Each essay moves forward the current understanding of how primitive Christianity situated itself in relation to evolving Hellenistic culture. Some essays focus on configuring the social context for the origins of the Jesus movement and beyond, while others assess the literary relation between early Christian and Greco-Roman texts.
Stanley E. Porter, Ph.D. (1988), University of Sheffield, is President and Dean, and Professor of New Testament, at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He has published numerous monographs, edited volumes, and articles in the field of New Testament studies and related disciplines, including
Hermeneutics: An Introduction to Interpretive Theory (2011).
Andrew W. Pitts is a Ph.D. candidate in Christian Theology at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and has published articles in journals such as JBL, JGRChJ and CBR, as well as a number of chapters in edited volumes.
... readers are given a master-class in the use of texts from Greco-Roman and Hellenistic Jewish sources to enrich the understanding of the emergence of Christianity.
Paul Foster, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh,
Expository Times 126/6, March 2015
Table of contents
1. Greco-Roman Culture in the History of New Testament Interpretation: An Introductory Essay.
Stanley E. Porter and Andrew W. Pitts
2. Manuscripts, Scribes, and Book Production within Early Christianity.
Michael J. Kruger
3. What Do We Know and How Do We Know It? Reconstructing Early Christianity from its Manuscripts.
Stanley E. Porter
4. Recent Efforts to Reconstruct Early Christianity on the Basis of its Papyrological Evidence.
Stanley E. Porter
5. Jesus and Parallel Jewish and Greco-Roman Figures.
Craig S. Keener
6. The Exorcisms and Healings of Jesus within Classical Culture.
7. Cash and Release: Atonement and Release from Oppression in the Imperial Context of Luke’s Gospel.
Matthew Forrest Lowe
8. Luke and Juvenal at the Crossroads: Space, Movement, and Morality in the Roman Empire.
Osman Umurhan and Todd Penner
9. Jesus, the Beloved Disciple, and Greco-Roman Friendship Conventions.
Ronald F. Hock
10. The Imitation of the “Great Man” in Antiquity: Paul’s Inversion of a Cultural Icon.
James R. Harrison
11. Ephesians: Paul’s Political Theology in Greco-Roman Political Context.
Fredrick J. Long
12. Exiles, Islands, and the Identity and Perspective of John in Revelation.
Brian Mark Rapske
13. Source Citation in Greek Historiography and in Luke(-Acts).
Andrew W. Pitts
14. Ancient Greek History and its Methodology for Speeches: Is There a Relation to Luke?
Sean A. Adams
15. Luke as a Hellenistic Historian.
Paul L. Maier
16. The Genre of the Fourth Gospel and Greco-Roman Literary Conventions.
Andreas J. Köstenberger
17. Classical Greek Poetry and the Acts of the Apostles: Imitations of Euripides’ Bacchae.
Dennis R. MacDonald
18. Prescripts and Greco-Roman Epistolary Conventions.
E. Randolph Richards
19. Letter Openings in Paul and Plato.
20. Progymnasmatic Love.
R. Dean Anderson
21. “This Is A Great Metaphor!” Reciprocity in the Ephesians Household Code.
Cynthia Long Westfall
22. Turning Κεϕαλή on its Head: The Rhetoric of Reversal in Ephesians 5:21-33.
23. Frank Speech at Work in Hebrews.
Benjamin Fiore, S.J.
24. The Strategic Arousal of Emotions in the Apocalypse of John (Part I): A Rhetorical-Critical Investigation of the Oracles to the Seven Churches.
David A. deSilva
25. The Didache as a Christian Enchiridion.
26. The Classroom in the Text: Exegetical Practices in Justin and Galen.
H. Gregory Snyder
All interested in Christian origins, Greco-Roman history, early Christianity, social description of New Testament literature and the intersection of any of these.