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Chapter Three: Philip and The “End of the Earth”: Acts 8:26–40

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This chapter examines Luke's employment of the legend of Philip's conversion of an Ethiopian gentile. Although this traditional story circulated independently from the report of Philip's activity in Samaria utilized by Luke in Acts 8:5-13, it emphasizes Philip's involvement in the expansion of Jesus groups beyond the bounds of Judaism. An examination of Luke's treatment of the legends behind the Emmaus narrative, the conversion of the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-40), and the conversion of Cornelius clarifies Luke's compositional method in the text before us. The analysis of Lukan composition has once again uncovered a traditional account of Philip's apostolic activity. The difficulties involved in determining Luke's perception of the relationship between Philip and Peter indicate a tension between these figures in the tradition, a tension that Luke attempted to avoid by not allowing them to come into contact in his narrative.

Keywords: Acts 8:26-40; Emmaus narrative; Ethiopian gentile; Judaism; Luke; Peter; Philip; Samaria



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