Lydia: Paul's Cosmopolitan Hostess

Lydia: Paul's Cosmopolitan Hostess Biblical Interpretation 18 (2010) 418-527 brill.nl/bi Biblical Interpretation orn © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/092725609X12531036271162 Book Reviews Lydia: Paul’s Cosmopolitan Hostess . By Richard A. Ascough. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2009. Pp. xi + 127. is book is the fifth to appear thus far in a series edited by Bruce J. Malina: Paul’s Social Network: Brothers and Sisters in Faith . e aim of each book is to describe some significant person among those who made up the Pauline network such as Timothy, Stephen, Epaphras, Apollos, and Lydia among other women and men. e challenge faced and admirably met by Ascough, of Queen’s eological College, Kingston, Ontario, was to flesh out the scant information about Lydia reported by Luke in just three verses in Acts (16:14-15, 40)! She is mentioned nowhere else in the New Testa- ment, not even in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. To meet this challenge, Ascough relies on the time-tested historical-critical method of interpretation, which is actually a combination of many methods including linguistics, literary analysis, archaeology, and the like. ese tools he supplements and refines by adding social scientific insights drawn from a variety of its sub-disciplines including cultural, psychological, and Med- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biblical Interpretation Brill

Lydia: Paul's Cosmopolitan Hostess

Biblical Interpretation, Volume 18 (4-5): 418 – Jan 1, 2010

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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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10.1163/092725609X12531036271162
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Biblical Interpretation 18 (2010) 418-527 brill.nl/bi Biblical Interpretation orn © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/092725609X12531036271162 Book Reviews Lydia: Paul’s Cosmopolitan Hostess . By Richard A. Ascough. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2009. Pp. xi + 127. is book is the fifth to appear thus far in a series edited by Bruce J. Malina: Paul’s Social Network: Brothers and Sisters in Faith . e aim of each book is to describe some significant person among those who made up the Pauline network such as Timothy, Stephen, Epaphras, Apollos, and Lydia among other women and men. e challenge faced and admirably met by Ascough, of Queen’s eological College, Kingston, Ontario, was to flesh out the scant information about Lydia reported by Luke in just three verses in Acts (16:14-15, 40)! She is mentioned nowhere else in the New Testa- ment, not even in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. To meet this challenge, Ascough relies on the time-tested historical-critical method of interpretation, which is actually a combination of many methods including linguistics, literary analysis, archaeology, and the like. ese tools he supplements and refines by adding social scientific insights drawn from a variety of its sub-disciplines including cultural, psychological, and Med-

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