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Unmanly Men: Refigurations of Masculinity in Luke-Acts

Brittany E. Wilson


This book examines key male characters in Luke-Acts with respect to constructions of gender and masculinity in the Greco-Roman world. Of all Luke’s male characters, four in particular problematize elite masculine norms: Zechariah (the father of John the Baptist), the Ethiopian eunuch, Paul, and, above all, Jesus. These men do not conform to the strictures of elite masculinity, for they do not protect their bodily boundaries nor do they embody corporeal control. Zechariah loses his ability to speak (Luke 1), the Ethiopian eunuch is castrated (Acts 8), Paul loses his ability to see (Acts 9), and ... More

Keywords: Luke-Acts, masculinity, gender, Zechariah, Ethiopian eunuch, Paul, Jesus, cross, crucifixion, power, bodies, self-control, men, Greco-Roman

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199325009
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brittany E. Wilson, author
Duke Divinity School, Assistant Professor of New Testament

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Part I Preliminary Sketches: Masculinity in Luke-Acts and the Greco-Roman World

Part II Portraits of Unmanly Men: Minor Male Characters in Luke-Acts

Part III Snapshots of Unmanly Men: Central Male Characters in Luke-Acts