The Spirit and the 'Other': Social Identity, Ethnicity and Intergroup Reconciliation in Luke-Acts - The Library of New Testament Studies (Paperback)Aaron Kuecker (author)
Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 28/03/2013
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Kuecker uses an artillery of social identity theory to demonstrate that in Luke's narrative the Spirit is the central figure in the formation of a new social identity. In his argumenation Kuecker provides extended exegetical treatments of Luke 1-4 and Acts 1-15. He shows that Luke 1-4 establishes a foundation for Luke's understanding of the relationship between human identity, the Spirit, and the 'other' - especially as it relates to the distribution of in-group benefits beyond group boundaries. With regard to Acts 1-15, Kuecker shows that the Spirit acts whenever human identity is in question in order to transform communities and individuals via the formation of a new social identity. Kuecker argues that Luke depicts this Spirit-formed social identity as a different way of being human in community, relative to the normative identity processes of other groups in his narrative. This transformed identity produces profound expressions of interethnic reconciliation in Luke-Acts expressed through reformed economic practice, impressive intergroup hospitality, and a reoriented use of ethnic language.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 413 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm
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