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Engaging Early Christian History: Reading Acts In The Second Century (Ruben Dupertuis) Hardcover Book, (Acumen Publishing, 2013) 9781844657353

Title: Engaging Early Christian History: Reading Acts In The Second Century

Author: Dupertuis, Ruben

Additional Authors or Contributors: Todd Penner (eds)

Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2013

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781844657353

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

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The book of Acts has traditionally been situated within a first-century setting, offering an apparently straightforward account of the origins and spread of Christianity. Engaging Early Christian History presents a significant departure for Christian origins studies by setting aside the explicitly historical questions commonly asked of the Acts of the Apostles and, instead, situating the text within the context of second-century history and culture. The volume extends scholarly debate beyond the analysis of pure historical debates and concerns to focus on the associations between Acts and the diverse contemporaneous texts, writers, and broader cultural phenomena in the second-century world of Christians, Romans, Greeks, and Jews. Examining the reception of Acts - and of Christian myth-making more generally - the volume explores the second century as a formative epoch for Christian storytelling, historical reimaginings, and reconfigurations of religious and social identities.

Table of Contents

1. Reading Acts in the Second Century: Engaging the Difference It Makes

Todd Penner, Austin College, USA

2. Jerusalem Destroyed: The Setting of Acts

Milton Moreland, Rhodes College, USA

3. Acts and the Apostles: Issues of Leadership in the Second Century

Joseph Tyson, Southern Methodist University, USA

4. Spec(tac)ular Sights: Mirroring in/of Acts

David M. Reis, University of Oregon, USA

5. Acts of Ascension: History, Exaltation and Ideological Legitimation

David McCabe, Bethel College, USA

6. Time and Space Travel in Luke-Acts

John Moles, Newcastle University, UK

7. The Complexity of Pairing: Reading Acts 16 with Plutarch's Parallel Lives

Marianne Bjelland Kartzow, University of Oslo, Norway

8. Constructing Paul as a Christian in the Acts of the Apostles

Christopher Mount, DePaul University, USA

9. Bold Speech, Opposition and Philosophical Imagery in Acts

Rub�n R. Dupertuis, Trinity University, USA

10. Among the Apologists? Reading Acts with Justin Martyr

Andrew Gregory, University College, Oxford, UK

11. The Second Sophistic and the Cultural Idealization of Paul in Acts

Ryan Carhart, Claremont Graduate University, USA

12. Reading Luke-Acts in Second Century Alexandria: From Clement to the Shadow of Apollos

Claire Clivaz, University of Lausanne, Switzerland



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