Illiterate Apostles Hardback

Uneducated Early Christians and the Literates Who Loved Them

by Allen Hilton;

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Illiterate Apostles

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Pagan critics ridiculed the early Christians for being uneducated. We know this, because a few Christians took up pen to defend the uneducated members of their churches. Peculiarly, though, in their "defense" these authors openly admit that the critics have the facts on their side. The Book of Acts even calls two of its heroes, Peter and John, illiterates. Why did these authors, intent on presenting Christianity in a positive light, volunteer such a negative detail? The answer to this question reveals a fascinating social exchange that surrounded education levels in antiquity and made its way into the New Testament Book of Acts. Scholars of early Christianity and of Greco-Roman social history will appreciate the window this book opens into the social construction of ancient education. The shopworn study of the apologists' rhetoric is also revitalized when it ushers us into the everyday experience of ancient Christians and those who disdained and defended them.

Illiterate Apostles by Allen Hilton was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in March 2017. The ISBN for Illiterate Apostles is 9780567662880.

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Details for Illiterate Apostles

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (March 2017)
Number of Pages224
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4450406
Page last updated 16th April 2018
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