Noah and Moses in Acts 15: Group Models and the Novelty of the Way

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    This article argues that Acts 15 alludes both to commandments associated with
    Noah and pentateuchal legislation on the gerim, though without consistently
    developing either of these allusions. As a result, this chapter presents the Way
    as a novel movement that both corresponds with and transcends familiar
    categories. By discussing Acts’ simultaneous evoking and negation of other
    models (voluntary associations, Bacchic mystery cults, philosophical schools
    and ethnic groups), I argue that Acts 15 reflects a literary strategy evident
    throughout Acts. This strategy enabled the author of Acts to anchor the Way
    into the structures and traditions of the early Roman Empire.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)496-513
    JournalNew Testament Studies
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


    • Acts 15
    • Noahide laws
    • resident alien
    • group models
    • anchoring innovation

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