Apologetics In The Roman Empire by Edwards et al (eds)

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61 Aratus' philosophical poem proclaimed the universal indwelling of Zeus in all human life: `Let us begin with God, whom men never leave unspoken: full of God are the streets, and all the marketplaces of humanity, and full the sea and the harbours; and we are all in need of God everywhere. We are all his children . 63 Nevertheless, it is tempting to try to decide which, of all the book's apologetic scenarios, has the most claim to represent the author's real interests: and in purely numerical terms, it is not dicult to see which it should be.

4 in Eusebius, Preparation For the Gospel, 13. 13 (ed. and tr. A. Y. Collins; in Charlesworth, Pseudepigrapha, ii. 841). 46 On this term, see now Horsley, `Politarchs'. 44 34 Loveday Alexander that the apostles are `turning the world upside-down' and `acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus' (17: 6±7). Corinth sees Paul formally indicted before the tribunal of Gallio (18: 12) on a charge of `persuading men to worship God contrary to the law' (18: 13). Precisely whose law is being ¯outed is not stated: Gallio chooses to believe that it is Jewish law, not Roman law, and dismisses the case.

Luke's account of Jesus' ministry begins with the formal synchronism of 3: 1: but the event so portentously introduced is not the coming of Jesus, or even of John the Baptist, but in true prophetic fashion the coming of `the Word of the Lord' (Luke 3: 2). Arguably it is this divine Word, rather than any of its human propagators, which is the true hero of Acts, and its progress in the world certainly provides one 49 The dramatic layout highlights a potential parallel with the Acts of the Pagan Martyrs (a parallel further explored by Yoon in `Paul's Citizenship').

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