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Genre and Historiography of the book of Acts

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Lesson

Acts is not a novel because it doesn't fit the style that novels of that time period were written in. It has elements of both common folk literature and elite literature. One motive that Luke had in writing Acts is as an apologetic to support a Jewish perspective. Acts is an apologetic, ethnographic history in a monograph form. 

Outline

1. Genre

a. Acts as a Novel

b. Acts as an Epic

c. Acts as a Biography

2. Historiography

a. Historiography

b. Driving Forces behind Historiography

c. Apologetic Ethnography

d. Rhetorical Sophistication

e. Rhetoric and Speeches

f. Theological Perspectives

g. Accuracy

h. Objectivity

i. Sources

3. Summary