By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our, Todd Penner is the Gould H. and Marie Cloud Associate Professor of Religious Studies at, It looks like you are located in Australia or New Zealand, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), PDF eBook Seller Info. ga('send', 'event', 'UX', 'click', 'add to cart'); 6 Esler, Community 137-39; Hill, Hellenists ; Simon, Stephen. Seller Rating, Publisher: Longmans, Green & Company, London. Overnight shipping is available for an extra fee. According to Orthodox belief, he was the eldest and is therefore called "archdeacon". Antioch... that the outcry against the Christians in Jerusalem which led to the death of Stephen did not start among the native Jews but among the Hellenists "those who... /.../lake/landmarks in the history of early christianity/iii antioch.htm $('#addtocartbutton-128236').click(function() { Balch commends Penner's attempt to read the narrative of Acts rhetorically as 'progymnastic poetics' where history and theology are flip sides of the same enterprise. { But, he also presents Lukan studies with a formidable challenge by drawing attention to the ideological underpinnings of the history of interpretation of Lukan texts in general. Samuel Byrskog Professor of New Testament and Hermeneutics, Göteborg University, Sweden, and Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden.” –  Samuel ByrskogSamuel Byrskog, "- Torrey Seland, Society of the Biblical Literature, 2005” –. xl + 400. $65.00 This monograph is a revised version of Penner’s doctoral dissertation completed at Emory University. }); $('#addtocartbutton-124128').click(function() { All Items are shipped within 24 hours of receipt of payment. Appointment of Deacons, and Stephen, the First Christian Martyr ... Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. If mailing payment please contact us beforehand so we can put the title on hold for you. Today we remember Stephen, who the author of Acts describes as “a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit” and “his face was like the face of an angel.” The tradition honors him as the first deacon and the first martyr. Almost all scholars look to Acts 6:1-8:3 as providing the bedrock of early Christian tradition. Blurb from reviewer, “"Steeped in the writings of ancient Greek, Roman, Hellenistic, and Jewish historians, Penner employs his impressive skills of interpretation to produce a ground-breaking study of Stephen and the Hellenists in Acts. Penner's study will almost certainly encourage his peers to consider new approaches to the study of the Acts of the Apostles." Todd Penner is the Gould H. and Marie Cloud Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Austin College, Sherman, Texas, USA, Caroline Vander Stichele, The Life of Saint Stephen . In Penner's words the book argues that: "Luke's work is a form of epideictic historiography: His goal is to write in praise of Christian origins' (288). Blurb from reviewer, “"In his study, Penner offers a well-argued rhetorical analysis of the Stephen materials in Acts and significantly advances our understanding of the rhetorical nature of New Testament texts, including the nature of Lukan historiography. Both are Hellenistic Jews and neither is numbered among the 12. one of the seven deacons, who became a preacher of the gospel. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. "He fell asleep" with a prayer for his persecutors on his lips ( 7:60).Devout men carried him to his grave ( 8:2). Not much is known about Saint Stephen's origin. As referred to in this passage, "the Hellenists"are the Christian converts among the Jews who had returned to Judea after having lived abroad in the Greek world. These Israelites lived mainly outside of Paulestine, thoroughly acculturated in the Greek language and culture of their habitat, and they practiced their traditions in a very modified way. The way in which Penner argues his case is admirable in regard to both its analytical sharpness and scholarly fairness. By Fra Angelico, “Life of Stephen: Ordination and Distributing Alms” — making sure the Hellenist widows get a fair deal. --Professor the Rev. Penner's study challenges the fundamental assumptions of this approach. 'name': 'Contextualizing Gender in Early Christian Discourse' ga('send', 'event', 'UX', 'click', 'add to cart'); evangelize Hellenists (Acts 9). These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. ACTS 6:3-4 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Who chose the seven men? Buy In Praise of Christian Origins: Stephen and the Hellenists in Lukan Apologetic Historiography (Emory Studies in Early Christianity) by Penner, Todd, Balch, David L. (ISBN: 9780567026200) from Amazon's Book Store. Particularly impressive is his ability to blend together literary, rhetorical, and historical methodologies in a way that models well how these diverse methods can (and should) come together to exegete texts... Scholars will have to engage seriously the contribution that Penner has made here. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. { And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, ... No doubt the Hellenists appreciated this remarkable expression of commitment and trust, perhaps even an apology, and the seven Hellenist deacons took care of both Hebrew and Hellenist widows with equal care. Todd Penner. ga('ec:addProduct', Quantity available: 1. These were Jews who spoke Greek and who read what we now call the Old Testament in Greek instead of in Hebrew. 'id': '9780567147974', Money Orders, Cashiers Checks and Personal Checks are also accepted. In this account we learn who Stephen was, what he said, and how he died al things that made a huge impression onPaul. Stephen was tremendously impressed with what Jesus said; he never forgot his words. Bookseller: Rare Book Cellar Stephen is first mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as one of seven deacons appointed by the Apostles to distribute food and charitable aid to poorer members of the community in the early church. This work Stephen was a Hellenist, and it was among the Hellenists that his evangelical labors elderly lay and from whose enmity he met his death. }); The Haskell Lectures ... 1956 by Marcel Simon (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. In Stephen: Paul and the Hellenist Israelites, John J. Pilch reflects on Stephen as a Hellenist Israelite, a collectivistic person, a deacon (the word does not appear in Acts), and one who true to his tradition communicates with the world of God in alternate states of consciousness. Penner that outlines the theological approach to Acts typified by Dibelius. AbeBooks Seller Since 24 November 2001 242-245. That experience set the stage for Pauls commissioning by the risen Jesus to evangelize Hellenists (Acts 9). Both are Hellenistic Jews, and neither is numbered among the Twelve. His personal character and history are recorded in Acts 6. Blurb from reviewer, “In this thoroughly researched study of Acts 6-7 Penner breaks new ground in our understanding of Acts as well as Greek and Roman history writing generally. 'name': 'The Epistle of James and Eschatology' Blurb from reviewer, “"It is not easy to make a contribution to the discussion of the Hellenists in Acts, but Penner has. 6:1 are simply Greeks living in Jerusalem, H. J. Cadbury, “The Hellenists” in The Beginnings of Christianity, Part One: The Acts of the Apostles, eds. View more information. The epideictic rhetoric of Acts seek to praise Jesus as a Prophet like Moses and eulogises the early church as bound together by the bonds of fellowship and service...""Penner supposes that for most scholars: ' It is historically impossible to conceive of early Christian history without a thread like the one that more liberal Hellenistic Jewish Christians in Acts provides' (39). Setting this narrative in the context of a historiography guided by the aims of epideictic rhetoric, he has shifted focus away from traditional questions of historicity or theology to the construct of Christian self-identity. All Domestic and International orders are shipped through United States Postal Service. And the idea needs to be chased down and stamped out. Save up to 80% by choosing the eTextbook option for ISBN: 9780567049704, 0567049701. }); This website uses cookies to improve user experience. In Praise of Christian Origins Stephen and the Hellenists in Lukan Apologetic Historiography 1st Edition by Todd Penner and Publisher T & T Clark International USA. St. Stephen and the Hellenists in the Primitive Church. Benjamin Moss 4 Fox Hollow Rd Pomona NY 10970 USA 845-512-8229 Rarebo... Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Stephen. --Erich Gruen Gladys Rehard Wood Professor of History and Classics University of California, Berkeley” –  Erich Gruen, He tried to atone for his active participation in the stoning of Stephen by preaching Stephen’s version of the Gospel, but he could not win over everyone. That he was an historical figure, a Greek speaking Christian Jew, can be affirmed. He identifies the Stephen with the eßpaioi, and the eßpaioi as Samaritans. 128:3.6 And this was the same Stephen who subsequently became a believer in the teachings of Jesus, and whose boldness in preaching this early gospel resulted in his being stoned to death by irate Jews. Acts 6-8 describe the activities of two non-apostles, Stephen and Philip. evangelize Hellenists (Acts 9). "” –  The Bible and Critical Theory Vol.3. Edgewear, including a few tears. 2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Penner's grasp of all these fields is admirable and matched by few. However, Penner is on the mark when he comments,' Yet few scholars have readily identified the way in which theology and history are intricately connected in Luke's narration of history' (50) to the point that history and theology in Acts cannot be neatly cordoned off from one another...  "Penner has written a stimulating, provocative and challenging volume. - Richard I. Pervo,  Biblica” –  Richard I. Pervo, “"Among the many arguments in this ambitious book, those that should receive most attention from inspectors of Acts concern the nature of history writing in antiquity.Through this compelling elucidation of ancient historical/rhetorical project, Penner has taught us much about the aim of Luke-Acts. Hellenists VS. Hebrews! For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. Life. After Acts 6, the Hellenists appear again in Acts 9:29, when Paul “talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they tried to kill him” in Jerusalem. He has done so by exploring how ancient historians and rhetoricians understood the writing of narratives and speeches. 'id': '9780567346636', }); $('#addtocartbutton-125979').click(function() { 1. It is a significant contribution to the study of Acts within the context of ancient history writing. Buy Used Price: £ 44.44 Convert Currency. In Praise of Christian Origins: Stephen and the Hellenists in Lukan Apologetic Historiography Penner, Todd New York: T&T Clark, 2004 pp. viii + 130. '” –  F. Gerald Downing, In the introduction, John Pilch summarizes the historical data concerning Stephen and his importance for the Acts of the Apostles. The Appointment of Deacons and the Arrest of Stephen. A curious exception to this consensus is A. Spiro, "Stephen's Samaritan Background", J. Munck, The Acts of the Apostles (ed W. F. Allbright & C. S. Mann; New York: Doubleday, 1967) 285-300. Yet Stephen is the first martyr and his speech summarizing some important theological points in the transition between Peter’s ministry in Jerusalem and Paul’s mission in Acts 13. In Praise of Christian Origins: Stephen and the Hellenists in Lukan Apologetic Historiography: Penner, Todd C: Amazon.nl Selecteer uw cookievoorkeuren We gebruiken cookies en vergelijkbare tools om uw winkelervaring te verbeteren, onze services aan te bieden, te begrijpen hoe klanten onze services gebruiken zodat we verbeteringen kunnen aanbrengen, en om advertenties weer te geven. Those who have followed Dibelius have viewed Luke's narrative with grave historical suspicion. St. Stephen was a Jew living in the Hellenic provinces, related to the Apostle Paul and one of the first seven deacons ordained by the Apostles to serve the Church in Jerusalem (thus making him an archdeacon). Being men of higher average intelligence and energy than the villagers of Judea or the small traders of the capital, the former were not likely to acquiesce silently in any neglect on the part of the other. The incident between the Hebrews and the Hellenists are understood to reflect real historical and theological problems in the early Jerusalem community, demonstrating the Hellenist role as a historical bridge between Jesus and Paul. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. The work is a rhetorical study of the controversial Hellenists narrative found in Acts 6:1–8:3. As a result, both the text of Acts and the modern interpreter are significantly enhanced in the bridge that Penner builds between the two." Please note that ebooks are subject to tax and the final price may vary depending on your country of residence. It is hard to imagine the future of the conversation in Lukan studies independent of a response to Penner's work, a response he engagingly invites his readers to make." IV. It is the kind of book that stimulates reflection and discussion, being provocatively bold and yet sophistically nuanced. It is possible these men were not followers of Jesus prior to Pentecost. The print version of this textbook is ISBN: 9780567026200, 0567026205. "- Shelly Matthews, Furman University, SBL 2006” –, “"This book demonstrates a scholar with an impressive grasp of scholarly literature on Acts as well as of relevant literature from the contemporary Greco-Roman world...Penner has written a highly well informed work that all who study the book of Acts hereafter cannot afford to ignore. The book is controversial, provocative, and stimulating in the best sense." Address: Pomona, NY, U.S.A. ga('send', 'event', 'UX', 'click', 'add to cart'); ... And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. The appointment of deacons. Hardcover. A dispute about the distribution of assistance to widowsNow in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.. a. Acts 6-8 may have some historical reminiscence but its function is to be primarily a theological voice for the author of Acts. Acts 6:1-2 Hellenists Acts 6:3-7 Seven Men Acts 6:8-15 Synagogue of the Freedmen. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. --Joseph B. Tyson, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas” –  Joseph B. Tyson, Furtermore, if Penner's thesis is correct it has serious implications not only for Lukan scholarship but also for the entire science of ancient history itself. Save for Later. Penner begins by providing a review of previous literature. ga('ec:setAction', 'add'); If your book order is heavy or over-sized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required. ga('ec:setAction', 'add'); { ga('ec:addProduct', Theology, “'...important, well-researched and effectively argued. In particular, he had a disagreement with the “Hellenists”. The opening chapter about the history of scholarship on the Hellenists is well worth reading in its own right. John Pilch’s work is a cultural-anthropological study of Stephen, one of the “Hellenists” chosen by the Apostles to minister to neglected Hellenist widows, and whose death in Acts 7 parallels Jesus’ and leads to Paul’s conversion. Penner brings this rich array of scholarship to bear on a novel interpretation of Acts' narrative on the "Hellenists" and Stephen. evangelize Hellenists (Acts 9). ga('ec:setAction', 'add'); (The Haskell Lectures, Oberlin College, 1956). Penner's study challenges the fundamental assumptions of this approach. Penetrating insights emerge about genre, rhetoric, Christian origins, and our own quest to define those very categories. THE MURMURING OF THE HELLENISTS AGAINST THE HEBREWS. In Stephen: Paul and the Hellenist Israelites, John J. Pilch reflects on Stephen as a Hellenist Israelite, a collectivistic person, a deacon (the word does not appear in Acts), and one who true to his tradition communicates with the world of God in alternate states of consciousness. Blurb from reviewer, “'...important, well-researched and effectively argued'” –  F. Gerald Downing, STEPHEN AND THE HELLENISTS Simon, Marcel. LXX ; Aramaic ; Gentiles ; LXX ; Stephen ; synagogue ; Hellenists A group of Jews who read the scriptures in the LXX translation rather than in Hebrew and who spoke Greek rather than Aramaic. He situates his work critically within a long and prominent tradition of New Testament scholarship and challenges it to take seriously the rhetorical narrativity of historia and the epideictic force of the Lukan presentation of Stephen and the Hellenists. -- Gregory E. Sterling, Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins” –  Gregory E. Sterling, 'name': 'Contextualizing Gender in Early Christian Discourse' That experience set the stage for Pauls commissioning by the risen Jesus to evangelize Hellenists (Acts 9). Penner emphasizes the rhetorical and moral dimensions of ancient historiographical theory, especially the centrality of narrative and plot, the use of vivid description, the application of comparison using various type-scenes, and the role of speeches in terms of characterization and the presentation of narrative style.Todd Penner is the Assistant Professor of Religion at Austin College and the co-editor with Caroline Vander Stichele of Contextualizing Acts: Lukan Narrative and Greco-Roman Discourse. Penner brings this rich array of scholarship to bear on a novel interpretation of Acts' narrative on the "Hellenists" and Stephen. Simon, Stephen and Philip: 9780567026200, 0567026205 we process your data, read our Privacy Policy,. Approaches to the very group of Israelites to whom Paul later brought Good... Among the 12 9 ) well worth reading in its own right these fields is admirable in regard to its... Extended forward by David L. 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