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The Meal Scenes in Luke-Acts: An Audience-Oriented Approach
John Paul Heil
Publication Date
December 2004


The rich and varied theme of eating and drinking spans the entire narrative of Luke-Acts. The many different meal scenes often occur at pivotal points in the overall narrative strategy. That most of the scenes are unique to Luke-Acts underlines the distinctiveness of this theme. Heil’s study offers a comprehensive and detailed discussion of all these meal scenes from a narrative-critical and audience-oriented perspective. It includes a consideration of the practical consequences of these meal scenes for the life of the audience.

“This is a rich and enriching monograph … a well-argued book, filled with insights.”
Catholic Biblical Quarterly

John Paul Heil is Professor of New Testament at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. His books include The Transfiguration of Jesus: Narrative Meaning and Function of Mark 9:2–8, Matt 17:1–8 and Luke 9:28–36 (Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico); <ahref=ProdDetails.asp?ID=062515P&amp;PG=1&amp;Type=BL&amp;PCS=SBL>The Rhetorical Role of Scripture in 1 Corinthians (Society of Biblical Literature); The Gospel of Mark as Model for Action: A Reader-Response Commentary (Paulist); and The Death and Resurrection of Jesus: A Narrative-Critical Reading of Matthew 26–28 (Fortress).

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