Paul in Athens

Paul in Athens

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Paul's visit to Athens, in particular the Areopahus speech, is one of the most well known excerpts of early Christian literature. It is the most significant speech by Paul to a Gentile audience in Acts functioning as a literary crest of the overall narrative. Yet critical analysts also describe it as an ad hoc blend of Green and Jewish elements. In this study, Clare K. Rothschild examines how the nexus of popular second-century traditions crystallizing around the Cretan prophet Epimenides explains these seemingly miscellaneous and impromptu aspects of the text. Her investigation exposes correspondences between Epimenidea and the Lukan Paul, not limited to the altar qto an unknown godq and the saying, qIn him, we live, and move, and have our beingq (17:28a), concluding that in addition to popular philosophical ideals, the episode of Paul in Athens utilizes popular 'religious' topoi to reinforce a central narrative aim.19 after Herod cannot locate Peter, he puts the prison guards to death; and, at last, Herod dies (vv. ... Acts 15, like Acts 21 (the two places where James is mentioned) are both flashbacks, recalling a€“ within the biographical section of Acts dedicated to Paula#39;s life a€“ Paula#39;s ... Commentators note that the two chains and two guards underscore the miraculous nature of the deliverance once Peter escapes.

Title:Paul in Athens
Author:Clare K. Rothschild
Publisher:Mohr Siebeck - 2014-11-26


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