A New Reading of Acts 18:24‐19:7Understanding the Ephesian Disciples Encounter as Social Conflict

A New Reading of Acts 18:24‐19:7Understanding the Ephesian Disciples Encounter as Social Conflict © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157430110X517915 Religion & Th eology 17 (2010) 40–60 brill.nl/rt & Religion Theology A New Reading of Acts 18:24–19:7 Understanding the Ephesian Disciples Encounter as Social Confl ict Randall J. Hedlun 2142 S. Hilton, Springfi eld, MO 65807, United States of America and Department of New Testament and Early Christian Studies, University of South Africa, P. O. Box 392, UNISA 0003, Republic of South Africa rjhedlun@gmail.com Abstract Th is article analyses the social function of glossolalia in the narrative world refl ected in Acts 18:24–19:7. In so doing, it begins to address the lack of scholarship related to treating glossolalic references from a social scientifi c perspective. No treatment of this pericope succeeds to fully integrate it into a Lukan narrative programme. Th rough application of Berger and Luckmann’s sociology of knowledge models, this essay argues that reading Luke-Acts as the author’s legitima- tion of the Jesus movement’s social world is a valid, even preferred reading of this literature. Purity-related confl icts between circumcision loyalists and Jesus followers from the Gentile world dominate the second half of Acts and drive Luke’s legitimation programme. Based on Luke’s demonstration in the Cornelius episode of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Religion and Theology Brill

A New Reading of Acts 18:24‐19:7Understanding the Ephesian Disciples Encounter as Social Conflict

Religion and Theology, Volume 17 (1-2): 40 – Jan 1, 2010

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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157430110X517915 Religion & Th eology 17 (2010) 40–60 brill.nl/rt & Religion Theology A New Reading of Acts 18:24–19:7 Understanding the Ephesian Disciples Encounter as Social Confl ict Randall J. Hedlun 2142 S. Hilton, Springfi eld, MO 65807, United States of America and Department of New Testament and Early Christian Studies, University of South Africa, P. O. Box 392, UNISA 0003, Republic of South Africa rjhedlun@gmail.com Abstract Th is article analyses the social function of glossolalia in the narrative world refl ected in Acts 18:24–19:7. In so doing, it begins to address the lack of scholarship related to treating glossolalic references from a social scientifi c perspective. No treatment of this pericope succeeds to fully integrate it into a Lukan narrative programme. Th rough application of Berger and Luckmann’s sociology of knowledge models, this essay argues that reading Luke-Acts as the author’s legitima- tion of the Jesus movement’s social world is a valid, even preferred reading of this literature. Purity-related confl icts between circumcision loyalists and Jesus followers from the Gentile world dominate the second half of Acts and drive Luke’s legitimation programme. Based on Luke’s demonstration in the Cornelius episode of

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Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: tongues; glossolalia; Apollos; social boundary; purity map; John’s baptism; purity boundary; circumcision; Ephesian disciples; Acts 18:24‐19:7; purity conflict; legitimation

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