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

C. Kavin Rowe

Abstract

This book engages constructively the cultural power of the theological vision of the Acts of the Apostles. According to Acts, the apocalypse of God in Jesus of Nazareth entails the formation of a new culture. On the one hand, this new culture is constituted in such a way as necessarily to disrupt basic patterns of pagan existence—to the extent that one can speak of the potential for cultural dissolution; on the other, the Christians resolutely reject accusations of governmental overthrow and sedition. How the Christians embody the possibility of cultural disintegration and claim legal innocenc ... More

Keywords: Roman culture, Roman law, confession, mission, community, universal truth claims, polytheism, tolerance, practical reason, God

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195377873
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377873.001.0001

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C. Kavin Rowe, author
Duke University Divinity School
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