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13 “Not in a Corner”: Early Christian Apologetic in Acts 26:26

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This chapter focuses on Acts 26:26, where Paul makes claims for the public character of Christianity and his own preaching. Usually, when the purpose of Acts is seen to be the offering of a defense to non-Jews or non-Christians, the apology is defined in terms of political rights, and attempts are then made to describe the historical, and in particular, political conditions that were likely to have been the occasion of the writing. Cynics were frequently regarded as mad because of their rigorous, ascetic life or their unconventional or vulgar behavior. In sum, the dialogue that follows the last account of Paul's conversion in Acts contains themes that Luke had developed earlier. Specifically, he had represented Paul as speaking in language derived from discussions by and about the moral philosophers of his day. An important feature of his depiction of Christianity is the public character of the church.

Keywords: Acts 26:26; Christianity; moral philosophers; Paul



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