Telling Hands and Teaching Feet: Nonverbal Communication in Two of the Narratives of Acts (Religions and Discourse #61) (Paperback)

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This is book number 61 in the Religions and Discourse series.


This book represents an extensive examination of human hands and feet and their functions as media of nonverbal communication in the transmission of the mission and message of Jesus by the early church. Research sources for the task include the Greek text of Acts and the Gospel of Luke as well as Greek Second Temple Jewish writings, contemporary Greek literature and medical works. Scholarly definitions and descriptions from the field of interpersonal communication lend credibility to the enquiry. In the process of discovering whether or not these media of nonverbal communication contribute effectively to the advancement of the mission and message of Jesus, the author's interesting and innovative approach casts light on the text as several new and creative insights emerge. The book concludes with some practical applications of its findings to the life of the church of today.

About the Author

British-born author Carole Ferch-Johnson developed a love for Scripture and pursued its study over many years. Her education included B.A. (German Major and Religion Minor), Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA; M.A. (Religion), Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI and PhD (with a thesis that forms the substance of this book), Avondale College, Cooranbong, NSW, Australia. A career in the people-helping professions, including pastoral counselling and hospital chaplaincy helped increase her interest in a better understanding of how the principles of the Bible might be brought to bear on human relationships. On the basis that effective communication is a core skill for relating positively and nonverbal communication is demonstrated repeatedly in the pages of Scripture, the themes for this book came into being and were developed from an academic perspective

Product Details
ISBN: 9781788746830
ISBN-10: 178874683X
Publisher: Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publis
Publication Date: April 15th, 2019
Pages: 390
Language: English
Series: Religions and Discourse