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Chapter 4: The Paul of Acts and Pauline Communities in Early Christianity

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Chapter Summary

In the narrative of Paul's mission in Acts, F.C. Baur recounts more episodes related to Ephesus than any other 'Pauline' city in Acts, and it is the Ephesian elders whom Paul addresses in his farewell speech as representatives of a church whose unity is determined by the mission of Paul. In the narrative of Acts, early Christianity at Corinth shares a number of connections with Ephesus. Paul's mission at Philippi begins with the conversion of Lydia at a Jewish place of prayer. The mission from Antioch begins with the setting apart of Barnabas and Paul by the community at Antioch for the work appointed by the Holy Spirit. The climax of the narrative of Acts is the founding of the Christian community at Rome based on the preaching of Paul and the decisive rejection of unbelieving Jews.

Keywords: Acts; Barnabas; Corinth; Ephesian elders; F.C. Baur; Paul's mission; Philippi; Rome

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