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Paul The Roman Citizen: Roman Citizenship In The Ancient World And Its Importance For Understanding Acts 22:22–29

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Paul is one of the most important characters within the New Testament, however, there is still much debate surrounding his life, ministry and theology. This chapter outlines the nature and development of Roman citizenship within the ancient world and its importance for the bestowing of rights and privileges to its holder. It discusses the historical veracity of Acts and its story. The chapter evaluates including the role of dual citizenship in the ancient world and the incident of Acts 22:2229 and the possible ramifications of making a false claim of Roman citizenship. One of the major issues that clouds the study of Paul and his claim of being a Roman citizen is the question of the historical veracity of the Acts account.

Keywords: Acts 22:2229; Acts account; ancient world; New Testament; Paul; Roman citizenship



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