By Mark J. Edwards, Martin Goodman, Simon Price, Chris Rowland

This publication is a accomplished survey of the discussion among pagans, Jews, and Christians within the Roman empire as much as the time while Constantine declared himself a Christian. each one bankruptcy is written by way of a unique pupil and is dedicated to a unmarried textual content or crew of texts with the purpose of picking out the possible viewers, the literary milieu, and the conditions that ended in this type of writing.

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Alexander, ` ``The Parting of the Ways'' '. 44 Loveday Alexander essay) to try to pin it down to a more precise date. But any solution must take into account the essential literary observation that the dramatized apologetic of Acts is also embedded within a complex narrative. Generically, Luke's choice of vehicle brings him closer to the world of `popular'68 narrative and pamphlet than to the `higher' forms of rhetorical discourse which were adopted by the later apologists: closer, let us say, to the novels, the martyrologies, the idealized philosophical biographies, or even the Acts of the Pagan Martyrs, than to Against Apion.

26: 6±8) If this is apologia, it has quickly lost any sense of limitation to legal issues, and has become the defence of a religious belief system in the most general possible terms: its arguments rest as much on the supernatural sanction supplied by Paul's vision (26: 12±19) as on the more general testimony of the subject's character (26: 4±11). Apologia, in fact, has become testimony based on a personal religious vision backed up by the assertion that its roots lie in the common tradition: `To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying (marturoumenos) both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass' (26: 22).

The systematic defense and exposition of the Christian faith addressed primarily to non-Christians'. `Apologetics' yields a fuller, more technical de®nition: `1. systematic argumentative tactics or discourse in defense; 2. that branch of theology devoted to the defense of a religious faith and addressed primarily to criticism originating from outside the religious faith; esp. such defense of the Christian faith'. 17 It is of course another question how far it makes sense in the ®rst century to describe the Jewish community as an `external' audience: nevertheless, there is an undeniable continuity of interest here between the intra-communal tensions explored in Acts and the concerns of much second-century Christian apologetic.

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