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A Postcolonial Reading of the Acts of the Apostles

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A Postcolonial Reading of the Acts of the Apostles explores Acts, with its twofold motif of self-exaltation and self-attribution of divine prerogatives, from the viewpoint of postcolonial criticism. The Lukan community struggles to legitimize itself, in hybrid fashion, before two structures of powers or hegemonies: the Roman Empire and its system of imperial worship and the defining institutions of Judaism.

Acts emerges as a hidden transcript within the system of imperial worship in Rome - pointing to the fate of any power that would usurp divine prerogatives and claim allegiance to any Lord other than God. The representation by mimicry of Roman worship in Acts, based on supremacy and hegemony and exercised by way of imperial decrees, the erection of temples, neokoroi, religious customs, and so forth, is analyzed. Moreover, the representation of Roman officers is examined observing that Luke portrays them as full of fear but also as liars, seekers of bribes, and, more importantly, in need of salvation and peace.

Furthermore, the Lukan community in Acts appears as a Jewish Christian group within the development of a plurality of various forms of Judaism and within the Jesus movement. They see themselves as the legitimate heirs of the correct interpretation of the Jewish Scriptures. They do not deny their ethnicity, but they do proclaim the eschatological/apocalyptic end of the institutions that define Judaism (the kingship and the Sanhedrin as a temple establishment) as well as the restoration of the Kingdom of God, rather than of Israel, with a full acceptance and inclusion of the Gentiles.

Rubén Muñoz-Larrondo earned his doctorate at Vanderbilt University. He is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. His main research interests are studies in Luke-Acts and comparative studies between the Paul of the Epistles and the Lucan-Paul and Biblical hermeneutics.

A Postcolonial Reading of the Acts of the Apostles by Ruben Munoz-Larrondo was published by Peter Lang Publishing Inc in December 2011. The ISBN for A Postcolonial Reading of the Acts of the Apostles is 9781433116087.

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Page last updated 1st December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc (December 2011)
Edition1st New edition
Weight490g
Number of Pages249
Thickness20 mm
Height230 mm
Width155 mm
ISBN9781433116087
ISBN-101433116081
Product Code4040711
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