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

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

by C. Kavin Rowe


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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 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."
First Things

"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."
— Themelios

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ISBN-13: 9780195377873
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 06/29/2009
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

C. Kavin Rowe, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Duke University Divinity School

Table of Contents

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

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