Apologetics in the Roman Empire: Pagans, Jews, and by Mark J. Edwards, Martin Goodman, Simon Price, Chris Rowland PDF

By Mark J. Edwards, Martin Goodman, Simon Price, Chris Rowland

ISBN-10: 0198269862

ISBN-13: 9780198269861

This publication is a finished survey of the discussion among pagans, Jews, and Christians within the Roman empire as much as the time whilst Constantine declared himself a Christian. every one bankruptcy is written through a individual pupil and is dedicated to a unmarried textual content or team of texts with the purpose of making a choice on the possible viewers, the literary milieu, and the situations that ended in this way of writing.

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60 MacMullen, Christianizing the Roman Empire. 61 Aratus' philosophical poem proclaimed the universal indwelling of Zeus in all human life: `Let us begin with God, whom men never leave unspoken: full of God are the streets, and all the marketplaces of humanity, and full the sea and the harbours; and we are all in need of God everywhere. We are all his children . 63 Nevertheless, it is tempting to try to decide which, of all the book's apologetic scenarios, has the most claim to represent the author's real interests: and in purely numerical terms, it is not dicult to see which it should be.

This scene is set up to echo the trial of Jesus, with a trial before the religious council and `false witnesses' who bring a charge of speaking `blasphemous words against Moses and God' and `words against this holy place and the law' (6: 11, 13). Stephen's speech in reply (ch. 7) adds another familiar dimension to the apologetic of Acts, the ransacking of biblical history for archetypes and precedents to add weight to the apostolic interpretation of current events. For Stephen, it is the prophets of the biblical tradition who provide the most striking template for the persecuted church (7: 52), and a judicious quotation from Deuteronomy allows him to enrol Moses among their number (7: 37).

6: 18±7: 42. Cf. Acts of the Pagan Martyrs, ed. Musurillo, Appendices II and III (pp. 236±58). 56 Lindars, New Testament Apologetics, is the classic treatment of this material. Gerhardsson's picture (Memory and Manuscript) of the collegia apostolorum in Jerusalem busily engaged in exegesis may be over-simpli®ed, but (as Lindars shows) Paul's letters show that there undoubtedly was intensive exegetical activity going on somewhere in the church's ®rst few decades. 55 The Acts of the Apostles 41 The latter, however, takes us out of the study and on to the streets.

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