Sarah Dill 5/12/2009 Body and Character in Luke and Acts Book Review and Application Physiognomy is a theory based upon the idea that the evaluation of a person's outer appearance [in particular those characteristics of one’s face] may penetrate into their character or personality. It is not a strict science, but rather a routine scrutiny that indicates a variety of correlations in its subjects. Examples of such physiognomy include [pagan literature] a Cretan being a liar or a Corinthian associated with promiscuity; [Jewish literature] the Deuteronomistic History in the Scriptures of Israel and [Christian literature] the writings of Paul in the New Testament. As such an inexact study, physiognomy is not used as the basis of biological or psychological theory. Physiognomic applications can be considered folk science or pseudoscience; they were once used with other tools of scientific racism in order to promote discriminatory ideas. Luke presents Jesus as a prophet of God who has an undeniably
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