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Community and Self Definition in the Book of Acts: A Study of Early Christianity's Strategic Response to the World

Author: 
I-Morphé, Randee O.
Credentials: 
Lecturer at ECWA Theological Seminary in Jos, Nigeria

This work examines early Christian self-definition and response to the world, according to the book of Acts. The author argues that early Christian self-definition and mission are intertwined. In other words, early Christian identity was at the same time the nascent faith's response to the world of paganism and Judaism. This book examines the historiography of Acts, the history of Redemption, the socio-ethnic and theological dimensions of earliest Christian self-definition, and the concepts of conversion, identity and mission. The work's specific contribution lies in its exploitation of Luke's distinctive use of the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, given its paradigmatic function in the Acts narrative, to "legitimize" a new Christian self for the early Christians, set in critical relation to the drama of their (Jewish) heritage. The author submits that this posture of the world is determined by Luke's understanding of the experience of God's new redemption in Jesus as the defining factor in the identity of Christians.

Author: Considered one of West Africa's most provocative theologians, Dr Morphe combines a a solid religious and scholarly education with the energy and verve of the living African church.

Market: 
RELIGIOUS STUDIES (New Testament), Christian Self-Definition, Book of Acts
Release Date: 
10/2004
ISBN: 
Cloth: 1-930901-68-2
Price: 
$74.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
264
Index: 
Yes
Bibliography: 
Yes
Illustrations: 
None
CIP: 
Yes
Publisher: 

ACADEMICA PRESS
1727 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 507
Washington, DC 20036

Irish Research Series: 
No