World Upside Down

World Upside Down : Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age

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For almost 300 years, the dominant trend in New Testament interpretation has been to read the Acts of the Apostles as a document that argues for the political possibility of harmonious co-existence between 'Rome' and the early Christian movement. Kavin Rowe argues that the time is long overdue for a sophisticated, critically constructive reappraisal. For Luke (the author of Acts), he says, politics is the embodied and concrete shape of God's apocalypse, or revelation, to the world. To understand Luke's political vision, therefore, we must examine how the narration of God's identity shapes ecclesiology: theological truth claims and the core practices of Christian communities are bound together in the very nature of things. Recognizing this interconnection requires a radical reassessment and rereading of Acts. No longer can Acts be seen as a simple apologia that articulates Christianity's harmlessness vis-a-vis Rome. Rather, in its attempt to form communities that witness to God's apocalypse, Luke'show more

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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 657.71g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195377877
  • 9780195377873
  • 1,644,884

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a remarkable blend of biblical and historical scholarship, theological erudition and ethical reflection. * Grant Macaskill, Journal for the Study of the New Testament *show more

About C. Kavin Rowe

C. Kavin Rowe is Assistant Professor of New Testament, Duke University Divinity Schoolshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; 1. Reading Acts ; The Project ; The Premises ; Acts and the Ancient World ; Acts and the Reader ; Acts and Interpretation ; Acts and Modern Vocabulary ; The Hope ; 2. Collision: Explicating Divine Identity ; Acts 14: Paul and Barnabas-Hermes and Zeus ; Acts 17: Athensat Philippi ; Acts 19: Ephesus ; Conclusion ; 3. Dikaios: Rejecting Statecraft ; Roman Officials ; Gallio ; Claudius Lysias ; Felix ; Festus and Herod Agrippa II ; Conclusionshow more

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