© 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Religion and Theology – Brill
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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