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By Bonnie J. Flessen

whereas so much students specialise in the nature of Cornelius as a version Gentile, Bonnie Flessen argues that Cornelius is usually a version male determine for Luke's viewers. whilst analyzed heavily, the characterization of Cornelius finds a multifaceted rhetorical procedure relating to either gender and empire. This procedure lifts up a slightly wonderful portrait of an exemplary guy who represents the Roman Empire and but however manifests the virtues of submission, piety, and generosity.

Flessen additionally proposes a hermeneutic of masculinity as a way to exegete Acts and different New testomony texts. This severe lens offers interpreters with a manner of pondering gender whilst woman characters are absent or sparse. even though constructs of gender are embedded in texts, interpreters can use contemporary scholarship on masculinity in addition to extrabiblical proof as instruments to excavate the contours of the male determine in antiquity.

"A compelling learn approximately males in the course of the Roman Empire that doesn't toughen male dominance and androcentric examining conduct. It skillfully fuses historical-literary methodologies with a hermeneutic of masculinity and offers Cornelius, the male centurion in Acts 10, as a version guy whose 'alternative' manner of being masculine challenged males of the early Christian groups to relinquish androcentric domination, authority, and gear. in fact, this problem doesn't in simple terms belong to the 1st century yet has pressing relevance even today!"
-Susanne Scholz
Associate Professor of outdated Testament
Perkins institution of Theology

Bonnie J. Flessen is an accessory teacher at Carthage collage in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and on the Lutheran university of Theology at Chicago.

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