Acts of the Apostles Through the Centuries by Heidi J. Hornik, Mikeal C. Parsons

Old Testament

By Heidi J. Hornik, Mikeal C. Parsons

Charting the theological and cultural efficiency of Acts around the timespan of Christian heritage, this paintings of profound scholarship unearths the total quantity of the hot testomony book’s spiritual, creative, literary, and political influence.

  • Reveals the impression of Acts at key turning issues within the heritage of the Christian church
  • Traces the wealthy and sundry creative and cultural historical past rooted in Acts, from song to literature
  • Analyzes the political importance of the e-book as a touchstone within the church’s exterior relations
  • Provides exact statement at the exegesis of Acts down the centuries

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The Majority text, which reads: “But it seemed good to Silas to remain there”). Acts 24:6b–8a: And we would have judged him according to our law. But the chief captain Lysias came and with great violence took him out of our hands, commanding his accusers to come before you. Acts 28:29: And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, holding much dispute among themselves. All four additions are in Western witnesses (though Codex D is not extant in three of those instances). In each case, these additions attempt to expand upon or clarify the immediate context.

But the use and influence of sacred texts has value more than simply clarifying or reinforcing textual meaning. One scarlet thread running through much of this material is an explicit interest in using the Scripture to articulate (or sometimes to justify) doctrine or to shape (or sometimes to justify) ecclesial practices. The interpretation of Acts has not only been shaped by its reception; the world receiving Acts has been profoundly shaped by the text. As Luke Timothy Johnson has observed: At the beginning of the 21st century, precisely when the limitations of the ­historical‐critical approach to the Bible have become clear to nearly everyone, there has simultaneously arisen the corresponding realization that the examination of the world that produced the Bible is not nearly so satisfying or important as appreciating the world that the Bible produced (Johnson 2004, 41).

13v), Christ enthroned (fol. 14r), and Pentecost (fol. 14v). ) and also contains Acts. The figure of Christ is positioned in a mandorla (almond‐shaped frame) with his right hand in a blessing gesture and his left holding a scroll. The background of the mandorla is an aquamarine blue. Christ, flanked by two angels, is bearded and wears a golden nimbus (a special type of halo reserved for Christ that reveals the arms of the cross). Two additional angels on either side of Christ, clothed in pale blue gowns with rose‐colored mantles, offer crowns to Christ.

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