Original Research

The accusation of 'world disturbers' (Acts 17:6) in socio-political context

Jeremy Punt
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 37, No 1 | a1595 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v37i1.1595 | © 2016 Jeremy Punt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 February 2016 | Published: 26 September 2016

About the author(s)

Jeremy Punt, Department of Old and New Testament Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


Share this article

Bookmark and Share

Abstract

 

Acts 17:1–9 presents a narrative of the consequences of Paul’s engagements in Thessalonica’s synagogue. Following Paul and Silas’ reported successful 3-week mission, some Jews hauled Paul and Silas’ host, Jason, and a number of Jesus followers before the authorities. The threefold accusation was that Paul and Silas turned the world upside down, acted against Caesar’s decrees and claimed another king, Jesus. This incident is investigated from the perspective of Acts’ presentation of competing missions, in the context of the intersectionality of religion and politics in the 1st century CE. The article challenges a narrow theological interpretation of Acts 17, insisting on the need for and value of a socio-political interpretive lens to make sense of the rhetoric of this chapter.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The article challenges a narrow theological interpretation of Acts 17, insisting on the need for and value of a socio-political interpretive lens to make sense of the rhetoric of this chapter.


Keywords

Roman Empire; Acts; Paul; religion and politics

Metrics

Total abstract views: 2277
Total article views: 2432


Crossref Citations

No related citations found.