Academic journal article Journal of Biblical Literature

The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting. Vol. 4, the Book of Acts in Its Palestinian Setting

Academic journal article Journal of Biblical Literature

The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting. Vol. 4, the Book of Acts in Its Palestinian Setting

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The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting. Vol. 4, The Book of Acts in Its Palestinian Setting, ed. Richard Bauckham. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Carlisle, UK: Paternoster, 1995. Pp. xiv + 526. $37.50.

This volume, the fourth in a six-volume series on the book of Acts, contains fifteen essays by scholars from a variety of disciplines. With the exception of Martin Hengel's essay on the geography of Palestine in Acts, all the essays were written explicitly for this volume. All focus on those parts of the narrative of Acts that are specifically set in Palestine and, through exploration of geographical, political, cultural, social, and religious aspects of first-century Palestine, seek to shed new light on Luke's account. The chapters are as follows: "The Location of Cultures in Second Temple Palestine: The Evidence of Josephus," by Tessa Raj-ak (pp. 1-14); "Acts and Roman Policy in Judaea," by David W. J. Gill (pp. 15-26); "The Geography of Palestine in Acts," by Martin Hengel (pp. 27-78; first published in ZDPV 98 [1983] ); "Palestinian Jewish Personal Names in Acts," by Margaret H. Williams (pp. 79-113); "Chief Priests, Sadducees, Pharisees and Sanhedrin in Acts," by Steve Mason (pp. …

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