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World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age (edition 2010)

by C. Kavin Rowe (Author)

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No longer can Acts be seen as a simple apologia that articulates Christianity's harmlessness vis-a-vis Rome. Rather, in its attempt to form communities that witness to God's apocalypse author Kavin Rowe argues, Luke's second volume is a highly charged and theologically sophisticated political document.… (more)
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Title:World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age
Authors:C. Kavin Rowe (Author)
Info:Oxford University Press (2010), Edition: Reprint, 312 pages
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For those who do not regularly read monographs, this is not an easy read Pastors and teachers will need to translate much of Rowe's argument and its implications, but the book's potential to re-vision ways of being church in our own culture is promising.
added by Christa_Josh | editInterpretation, J. Bradley Chance (Apr 1, 2011)
 
That said, this is a well-written, well-researched, thoughtful monograph that will need to be taken seriously.
added by Christa_Josh | editReview of Biblical Literature, Rubén Dupertuis (Jan 1, 2011)
 
C. Kavin Rowe has made an important contribution to Lukan studies. Minor weaknesses and quibbles are just that, minor. Rowe's work is helpful. Even if one is not fully persuaded that the apology reading is insufficient, Rowe has challenged all of us to consider Acts in its entirety and in its own context.
added by Christa_Josh | editJournal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Joseph D. Fantin (Dec 1, 2010)
 
Kavin Rowe's goal is to elucidate a narrative theology of Acts. For this task he is well equipped, as he thinks theologically and is at home with theological method. Rowe's focus is the nexus and coherence between theology and practice. Although his style is usually vigorous and lucid—for those with good Greek and solid German, since the editors have unfortunately allowed him to include many unnecessary Greek phrases and cite rather than summarize German assertions—the book can be elusive, and some may overlook its subtlety.
added by Christa_Josh | editJournal of Religion, Richard I. Pervo (Oct 1, 2010)
 
Kavin Rowe is a newcomer to Luke-Acts scholarship. His revised dissertation and first book, Early Narrative Christology, has rightly received widespread acclaim; see, for example, the review in CTQ 74 (2010): 188-190. Although World Upside Down is only his second book, it is a contribution that solidifies him as a voice in Luke-Acts scholarship to which we should turn our ears.
added by Christa_Josh | editConcordia Theological Quarterly, Charles A. Gieschen (Jul 1, 2010)
 
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No longer can Acts be seen as a simple apologia that articulates Christianity's harmlessness vis-a-vis Rome. Rather, in its attempt to form communities that witness to God's apocalypse author Kavin Rowe argues, Luke's second volume is a highly charged and theologically sophisticated political document.

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