Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Perfect MartyrThe Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Shelly Matthews

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393323

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393323.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use.date: 06 July 2022

Situating Acts

Situating Acts

(p.27) 1 Situating Acts
Perfect Martyr

Shelly Matthews (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter situates Acts within debates concerning the Jews in Acts, Acts’ view of empire, and the possibility that Acts, along with canonical Luke chapters 1 and 2, are written in response to Marcion. It argues that the rhetorical method of Acts is to depict nonbelieving Jews as murderous and subversive and to underscore the compatibility of Christianity with the Roman Empire. It then refines arguments of Knox and Tyson concerning the role of Marcion in the final form of Acts, by offering an alternate model of heresy, thus making it possible to understand Luke-Acts as responding to “marcionite” ideas, without pinpointing them to the time of Marcion’s ministry in the East. Finally, by underscoring the martial imagery and rhetoric of vengeance that infuses Luke 1–2, it notes the perfect suitability of this Gospel preface in refuting marcionite associations of Gospel with mercy and peace.

Keywords:   Acts and empire, Acts and the Jews, Knox, Luke 1–2, Marcion, Tyson

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .