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The "we" passages in the Acts of the Apostles : the narrator as narrative…

by William Sanger Campbell

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This book explores the narrative significance of the we passages in Acts within theboundaries of acceptable ancient grammatical practice. It contends that the occasional firstpersonplural narrator represents a character whose entrance at crucial moments in Paul scareer parallels the role of Barnabas, the apostle s earlier companion. Although consistentwith the grammatical practice of ancient writers, the use of the we style in Acts nonethelessrepresents a variation of those conventions because the author of Acts wrote anonymouslyand never claimed personal participation in the events narrated. In analyzing the function ofthe narrator as narrative character, the book presents narrative literary strategy as a fruitfulapproach to these enigmatic texts whose narrative possibilities have in the past beensubordinated to their historical potential.Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)… (more)
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Whereas Campbell hints at some potentially useful ideas, his major hypotheses regarding the use of the "we" character and support for such usage within Greek historians clearly remains unproven.
added by Christa_Josh | editJournal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Stanley E. Porter (Mar 1, 2009)
 

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This book explores the narrative significance of the we passages in Acts within theboundaries of acceptable ancient grammatical practice. It contends that the occasional firstpersonplural narrator represents a character whose entrance at crucial moments in Paul scareer parallels the role of Barnabas, the apostle s earlier companion. Although consistentwith the grammatical practice of ancient writers, the use of the we style in Acts nonethelessrepresents a variation of those conventions because the author of Acts wrote anonymouslyand never claimed personal participation in the events narrated. In analyzing the function ofthe narrator as narrative character, the book presents narrative literary strategy as a fruitfulapproach to these enigmatic texts whose narrative possibilities have in the past beensubordinated to their historical potential.Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)

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