Keeping the Church in Its Place Paperback
The Church as Narrative Character in the Book of Acts
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Keeping the Church in Its Place
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What this study uncovers are descriptions of the church or Christian believers with repetitive emphases on certain chaacteristics that are presented in the initial scenes of the narrative: the blessing and presence of God, the unanimity of the believers, the communal caring for one another, and the proclamation of the gospel. Within the narrative, however, the portrayal of the Jewish people stands in sharp contrast, so that opposition to God and divisive behavior are the typical Lukan descriptions of that group. The progression of the Acts narrative presents an evolving image of the church that eventually includes both Jewish and non-Jewish believers of the gospel, with growing opposition from the Jewish people and even from the Jewish believers in Jerusalem. This dynamic portrait of the church in the book of Acts contrasts three different views concerning what one might call "the people of God": the Jewish people as the historical people of God, Jewish believers as represented by the Jerusalem church, and the church including both Jewish and non-Jewish believers. Acts encourages its readers to define and identify the church or Christian community as the people who belong to God, rather than those whose identity as God's people was based on historical or religious categories and distinctions.
Keeping the Church in Its Place by Richard P. Thompson was published by Continuum in January 2007 and is our 49468th best seller. The ISBN for Keeping the Church in Its Place is 9780567026453.
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|Page last updated||4th June 2017|
|Author / Artist||Richard P. Thompson|
|Publisher||Continuum (January 2007)|
|Number of Pages||306|