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The Story of Jesus through the Eyes of Peter

by Regis Mushunje (Author)
Thesis 218 Pages

Summary

The events around the death of Jesus left his followers in despair and with unanswered questions. The book shows how the narrator of Luke-Acts assigned Peter to interpret these events. By identifying him as one of the eyewitnesses cited in the Gospel preface, the author shows how, by divine intervention, Peter rose from being a simple fisherman to become a witness of Christ. Using elements of narratology, especially Chatman’s Story and Discourse, the author demonstrates how modern literary methods could be applied to interpret ancient biblical texts. The use of Point of View reveals how Peter – in six speeches in the Acts of the Apostles – was able to read the events of the story of Jesus into the Hebrew Scriptures and prove to his audiences that these events followed a divine plan.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • 1. Background of the Study
  • 2. Methodology of the Study
  • 3. Structure of the Study
  • Chapter 1: Application of Narratology in Biblical Exegesis
  • 1.1 Elements of Narratology
  • 1.2 Story
  • 1.2.1 Events
  • 1.2.2 Existents
  • 1.3 Discourse
  • 1.3.1 Narrative Time
  • 1.3.2 Levels of Narration
  • 1.3.3 The Process of Narration
  • 1.3.4 Point of View
  • 1.4 Conclusion
  • Chapter 2: Speech before the Christian Community (Acts 1:16-22)
  • 2.1 Contextual Analysis of the Speech
  • 2.2 Translation of Acts 1:16-22
  • 2.3 Structural Analysis of the Speech
  • 2.4 Reconstruction of the Story
  • 2.5 Analysis of Peter’s Point of View
  • 2.6 Peter’s Points of View in the Context of the Gospel of Luke
  • 2.7 Summary
  • Chapter 3: The Pentecost Speech (Acts 2:14-36)
  • 3.1 Contextual Analysis of the Speech
  • 3.2 Translation of Acts 2:14-36
  • 3.3 Structural Analysis of the Speech
  • 3.4 Reconstruction of the Story
  • 3.5 Analysis of Peter’s Point of View
  • 3.6 Peter’s Points of View in the Context of the Gospel of Luke
  • 3.7 Summary
  • Chapter 4: The Speech in the Temple (Acts 3:12-26)
  • 4.1 Contextual Analysis of the Speech
  • 4.2 Translation of Acts 3:12-26
  • 4.3 Structural Analysis of the Speech
  • 4.4 Reconstruction of the Story
  • 4.5 Analysis of Peter’s Point of View
  • 4.6 Jesus as ὁ παῖς τοῦ θεοῦ in the Gospel of Luke
  • 4.7 Summary
  • Chapter 5: The First Speech before the Sanhedrin (Acts 4:8-12)
  • 5.1 Contextual Analysis of the Speech
  • 5.2 Translation of Acts 4:8-12
  • 5.3 Structural Analysis of the Speech
  • 5.4 Reconstruction of the Story
  • 5.5 Analysis of Peter’s Point of View
  • 5.6 Peter’s Point of View in the Context of the Gospel of Luke
  • 5.7 Summary
  • Chapter 6: The Second Speech before the Sanhedrin (Acts 5:29-32)
  • 6.1 Contextual Analysis of the Speech
  • 6.2 Translation of Acts 5:29-32
  • 6.3 Structural Analysis of the Speech
  • 6.4 Reconstruction of the Story
  • 6.5 Analysis of Peter’s Point of View
  • 6.6 Jesus’ Exaltation as Ἀρχηγός and Σωτήρ in the Gospel of Luke
  • 6.7 Summary
  • Chapter 7: The Speech in Cornelius’ House
  • 7.1 Contextual Analysis of the Speech
  • 7.2 Translation of Acts 10:34-43
  • 7.3 Structural Analysis of the Speech
  • 7.4 Reconstruction of the Story
  • 7.5 Analysis of Peter’s Point of View
  • 7.6 Peter’s Points of View in the Context of the Gospel of Luke
  • 7.7 Summary
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography

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Acknowledgements

This study would not have been possible without the assistance that I have received from various individuals. First and foremost, I am grateful to THE ALMIGHTY GOD for the gift of life, good health, and for many blessings that HE has bestowed upon me.

I owe my deepest gratitude to my Doktorvater Professor Dr. Bernhard Heininger for his supervision, insightful comments, and above all, for instilling in me the love of biblical narratology. Vergelt’s Gott.

I am profoundly grateful to Rev. Mag. PGDip. Tony Addy for his diligent proofreading of my manuscript. My heartfelt thanks.

My religious family, The Congregation of the Missionaries of Mariannhill, deserves a special mention for giving me the opportunity to pursue my doctoral studies and for constant encouragement and support.

Last but not least, I am grateful to my family for moulding me into what I am today, and for their continual loving support in my ministry. God bless you all.

Würzburg, August 2021
Regis Mushunje

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Abbreviations

AnBib

Analecta Biblica

AncB

Anchor Bible

BAGD

A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, Bauer – Arndt – Gingrich – Danker

BB

Biblische Beiträge

BBR

Bulletin of Biblical Research

BECNT

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

BHTh

Beiträge zur historischen Theologie

Bib

Biblica

BIS

Biblical Interpretation Series

BWANT

Beiträge zur Wissenschaft vom Alten und Neuen Testament

BZ

Biblische Zeitschrift

BZNW

Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft

CNT

Commentaire du Nouveau Testament

EKK

Evangelisch-Katholischer Kommentar zum Neuen Testament

EWNT

Exegetisches Wörterbuch zum Neuen Testament

FB

Forschung zur Bibel

HALOT

The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament

HBS

Herders Biblische Studien

Hermeneia

A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible

HNT

Handbuch zum Neuen Testament

HThKAT

Herders Theologischer Kommentar zum Alten Testament

HThKNT

Herders Theologischer Kommentar zum Neuen Testament

ICC

The International Critical Commentary

IEL

International Encyclopaedia of Linguistics

JGRChJ

Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism

JR

The Journal of Religion

JSNTSup

Journal for the Study of the New Testament: Supplement Series

JSOTSup

Journal for the Study of the Old Testament: Supplement Series

KAT

Kommentar zum Alten Testament

KeK

Meyers kritisch-exegetischer Kommentar über das neue Testament

LNTS

Library of New Testament Studies

LXX

Septuagint (Greek) version of the Old Testament

MT

Masoretic Text←11 | 12→

NAC

The New American Commentary

NCBC

New Collegeville Bible Commentary

NICNT

The New International Commentary on the New Testament

NICOT

The New International Commentary on the Old Testament

NIGTC

The New International Greek Testament Commentary

NovT

Novum Testamentum

NovTSup

Supplements to Novum Testamentum

NTA

Neutestamentliche Abhandlungen

NTD

Das Neue Testament Deutsch

NTL

The New Testament Library

NTOA

Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus

NTS

New Testament Studies

NTT

New Testament Theology

ÖTBK

Ökumenischer Taschenbuchkommentar zum Neuen Testament

RivB

Rivista Biblica

RNT

Regensburger Neues Testament

SB

Subsidia Biblica

SBA

Stuttgarter Biblische Aufsatzbände

SBLDS

Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series

SKKNT

Stuttgarter Kleiner Kommentar: Neues Testament

SNTSMS

Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series

SP

Sacra Pagina

TANZ

Texte und Arbeiten zum neutestamentlichen Zeitalter

TDNT

Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

TKNT

Theologischer Kommentar zum Neuen Testament

TWNT

Theologisches Wörterbuch zum Neuen Testament

TynNTC

Tyndale New Testament Commentaries

WBC

Word Biblical Commentary

WMANT

Wissenschaftliche Monographien zum Alten und Neuen Testament

WUNT

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament

ZECNT

Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

ZNWKK

Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der Älteren Kirche

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Introduction

1. Background of the Study

1. ἐπειδήπερ πολλοὶ ἐπεχείρησαν ἀνατάξασθαι διήγησιν περὶ τῶν πεπληροφορημένων ἐν ἡμῖν πραγμάτων,

2. καθὼς παρέδοσαν ἡμῖν

οἱ ἀπ᾽ ἀρχῆς

αὐτόπται καὶ ὑπηρέται γενόμενοι τοῦ λόγου,

3. ἔδοξε κἀμοὶ παρηκολουθηκότι ἄνωθεν πᾶσιν ἀκριβῶς καθεξῆς

σοι γράψαι,

κράτιστε Θεόφιλε,

4. ἵνα ἐπιγνῷς περὶ ὧν κατηχήθης λόγων τὴν ἀσφάλειαν (Λουκᾶς 1:1-4).

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us,

just as they were handed on to us by those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and became servants of the word,

I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the beginning, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,

Details

Pages
218
ISBN (PDF)
9783631867181
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631867198
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631867204
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631867174
Language
English
Publication date
2021 (November)
Published
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2022. 218 pp., 2 fig. b/w, 6 tables.

Biographical notes

Regis Mushunje (Author)

Regis Mushunje earned his doctorate in theology with specialisation in New Testament Exegesis from Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg in Germany. He completed his licentiate in sacred scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome where he spent a semester at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem studying Biblical Hebrew and Archaeology of Jerusalem. He obtained his bachelor of theology from Tangaza University College in Kenya and a bachelor of philosophy from St. Joseph’s Theological Institute in South Africa.

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