World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age
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...
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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.
"A brilliant piece of work by a young scholar of considerable promise."
"This well-written, well-argued book is a must read for New Testament scholars."
--Review of Biblical Literature
"This sophisticated argument offers a comprehensive vision of Acts and deserves a wide readership."
--Religious Studies Review
"There is so much happening in these pages that a slow and careful read will provoke sustained thoughts on a variety of subjects of ecclesial interest ranging from Christianity and culture to issues of tolerance and political theology."
C. Kavin Rowe (PhD. Duke University) is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. Professor Rowes academic research focuses primarily on the New Testament, both in its historical particularity and in its relation to the later Christian theological tradition.
In addition to detailed exegetical studies on New Testament texts, he has published articles on topics ranging from the Imperial cult in the Graeco-Roman world to the doctrine of the Trinity. His first book, Early Narrative Christology: The Lord in the Gospel of Luke, deals with the narrative articulation of the identity of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.
Dr. Rowe was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Heidelberg in 2002-2003 and Regional Scholar for the Society of Biblical Literature in 2006. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
- Contents; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1 Reading Acts; Chapter 2 Collision: Explicating Divine Identity; Chapter 3 Dikaios: Rejecting Statecraft; Chapter 5 The Apocalypse Of Acts And The Life Of Truth; Index Of Scripture Citations; Index Of Ancient Authors; Index Of Modern Authors; Bibliography