Item description for Keeping the Church in Its Place: The Church as Narrative Character in Acts by Richard P. Thompson...
Thompson's study offers a fresh reading of Acts that keeps the church within its literary place within that narrative. His study uncovers descriptions of the church that emphasize certain characteristics presented in the opening scenes of the narrative: the blessing and presence of God, the unanimity of the believers, the communal caring for one another, and the proclamation of the gospel. The progression of the Acts narrative presents an evolving image of the church that eventually includes both Jewish and non-Jewish believers of the gospel, with growing opposition from the Jewish people and even from the Jewish believers in Jerusalem. This dynamic portrait of the church in the book of Acts contrasts three different views concerning "the people of God": the Jewish people as the historical people of God, Jewish believers as represented by the Jerusalem church, and the church that includes both Jews and Gentiles. By offering such a dynamic narrative of these various groups of believers, Acts encourages readers to defien and identify the church or Christian community as the people who belong to God rather than those whose identity as God's people is based on historical or religious categories.
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Studio: T&T Clark
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.4" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2006
Publisher T. & T. Clark Publishers, Ltd.
ISBN 056702654X ISBN13 9780567026545
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More About Richard P. Thompson
Dr. Richard Thompson is the Professor of New Testament at Northwest Nazarene University where he has served as the Chair of the Religion Department. He has authored numerous publications and articles and holds a Ph.D. Southern Methodist University and an M.Div. Nazarene Theological Seminary.
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