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The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History

Colin J. Hemer, Edited by Conrad H. Gempf

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ISBN: 978-0-931464-58-4

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ISBN: 978-1-57506-396-6

496 pages
6" × 9"
1990

The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History

Colin J. Hemer, Edited by Conrad H. Gempf

The Acts of the Apostles is the New Testament book that contains the most obvious ties to its cultural and historical milieu. Yet, until very recently, the trend has been for 20th-century authors to bypass discussion of the relation of Acts to the world and history around it. In this book, Colin Hemer examines various strands of interlocking data, ranging from the epistles of Paul to records of the corn fleet that sailed from Alexandria. The wealth of new literary, epigraphic, and papyrological data brings fresh light to numerous details as well as to the central question of Luke’s conception of Paul’s visit to Jerusalem. The result is a broader understanding of the Hellenistic world in general and a greater appreciation for Acts as a coherent and consistent product of its day. Originally published by J. C. B. Mohr in 1989.

 

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The Acts of the Apostles is the New Testament book that contains the most obvious ties to its cultural and historical milieu. Yet, until very recently, the trend has been for 20th-century authors to bypass discussion of the relation of Acts to the world and history around it. In this book, Colin Hemer examines various strands of interlocking data, ranging from the epistles of Paul to records of the corn fleet that sailed from Alexandria. The wealth of new literary, epigraphic, and papyrological data brings fresh light to numerous details as well as to the central question of Luke’s conception of Paul’s visit to Jerusalem. The result is a broader understanding of the Hellenistic world in general and a greater appreciation for Acts as a coherent and consistent product of its day. Originally published by J. C. B. Mohr in 1989.

Foreword

Preface

Principal Abbreviations

1. Acts and Historicity

2. Preliminary Questions

3. Ancient Historiography

4. Types of Knowledge Displayed in Acts

5. Evidence from Historical Details in Acts.

Excursus: Names and Titles in Acts

6. Acts and Epistles

7. Galatia and the Galatians

8. The Authorship and Sources of Acts

9. The Date of Acts

10. Conclusion

Appendix 1: Speeches and Miracles in Acts

Appendix 2: The ‘God-fearers’

Indexes

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