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.
    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)496-513
    TijdschriftNew Testament Studies
    Nummer van het tijdschrift4
    StatusPublished - 2021

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