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In: Novum Testamentum
In: Early Christianity and Classical Culture
In: The Early Church in Its Context

Abstract

This article reviews scholarship on the fragmentary Hellenistic Jewish authors as it relates to The Acts of the Apostles. Reviewed here are Jewish texts written in Greek during the Hellenistic-Roman period that were preserved only in the form of quotations or excerpts mostly by later Christian writers, most notably Eusebius of Caesarea in his Praeparatio Evangelica. The focus of the review is to see how these texts have been investigated, especially in Second Temple Judaism and in studies of Jewish historiography during the Graeco-Roman period, and how this scholarship informs the study of Acts.

In: Novum Testamentum
Collected Essays, 1959–2012, by Abraham J. Malherbe
Rather than viewing the Graeco-Roman world as the “background” against which early Christian texts should be read, Abraham J. Malherbe saw the ancient Mediterranean world as a rich ecology of diverse intellectual traditions that interacted within specific social contexts. These essays, spanning over fifty years, illustrate Malherbe’s appreciation of the complexities of this ecology and what is required to explore philological and conceptual connections between early Christian writers, especially Paul and Athenagoras, and their literary counterparts who participated in the religious and philosophical discourse of the wider culture. Malherbe’s essays laid the groundwork for his magisterial commentary on the Thessalonian correspondence and launched the contemporary study of Hellenistic moral philosophy and early Christianity.
In: Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity
In: Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity
In: Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity
In: Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity
In: Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity