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Divine Voice, Literary Models, And Human Authority: Peter And Paul In The Early Christian Church

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This chapter examines the figures of Peter and Paul in the book of Acts with respect to authority, divine instructions, and sacred and secular texts. The authority of these figures fundamentally derives from direct encounters with the divine. The chapter explores the dynamic tension between spoken word and written documents that resides both within the narrative and with respect to this work's composition and reception. Although scriptural and literary models remain central in many ways, it is immediate interaction with the divine which confers special status upon Peter and Paul, comparable to that of the prophets from Hebrew Scripture. These two men have vastly divergent skills in reading and writing, yet for both figures divine presence and oral instruction secure their authority within the early Christian community. Author discusses the connections between Hebrew Scripture and works of Homer, Plato, and Euripides on one hand and Luke's narrative on the other.

Keywords: book of Acts; Christian community; divine voice; Hebrew Scripture; human authority; literary models; Paul; Peter



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