Reading Acts in motion: movement and glocalisation in the Acts of the Apostles

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This chapter discusses the central role that travel, motion, and mobility plays in the Acts of the Apostles. Written in the late 1st or early 2nd century CE, Acts uses motion as a topos to describe the early Jesus movement as a global, or supra-ethnic, group in which Judaeans and non-Judaeans come together. After showing how the term “the Way”— by which Acts denotes the Jesus movement—encapsulates a combination of proclamation and physical movement, I demonstrate how the apostles’ journeys and their encounters with local cultures result in the emergence of a glocal movement, in which local traditions are taken up within a global whole rooted in the ascended Jesus. This portrayal of the Way, as I argue in the final part of this chapter, combines the perspectives of Judaean eschatological expectations and Roman elite culture.
Originele taal-2English
TitelMediterranean flows
Subtitelpeople, ideas and objects in motion
RedacteurenAnna Usacheva, Emilia Mataix Ferrándiz
Plaats van productiePaderborn
UitgeverijBrill Schöningh
Pagina's96-110
Aantal pagina's15
ISBN van elektronische versie9783657795130
ISBN van geprinte versie9783506795137
StatusPublished - 2023

Publicatie series

NaamContexts of Ancient and Medieval Anthropology
Volume3

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