Essay: “‘The God of Glory’: Explicit references to God in discourses in the Acts of the Apostles (7:2–53; 14:15–18; 17:22–31)”

In June, 2018, an intriguing conference on God in the New Testament of the International Colloquium for the Study of the New Testament was hosted by the Faculty of Theology and Religion of the University of the Freestate, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Many thanks to the hosts in Bloemfontein! It was great to be part of this conference together wih great colleagues and of the accompanying programme (esp. the game drive!). Aming the participants have been Jan van der Watt, Francois Tolmie, Albert Hogeterp and others.

The papers presented at this conference have been published in a special issue of the Stellenbosch Theological Journal (STJ). You find them here under the heading “Conference: God in the New Testament”.

I presented a paper on “The God of glory: Explicit references to God in discourses in the Acts of the Apostles (7:2-53; 14:15-18; 17:22-31)”, which you can download here (open access).

This essay builds on my essay on Socratic theology in the Aereopaguss speech, wich was published in Mohr Siebeck’s Early Christianity and broadens its insights (Jantsch, Torsten, “‘Sokratische‘ Themen in der Areopagrede: Apg 17,22–31 im Kontext der antiken Philosophiegeschichte”, EC 8 [2017], 481–503).

I cite from the abstract of my recent STJ essay:

This essay offers insight into Luke’s concept of God by analysing three sections in which God is explicitly a topic of discussion. These sections are Stephen’s apology (Acts 7:2–53), the account of Paul’s and Barnabas’ mission in Lystra (Acts 14:8–18), and the Areopagus speech (Acts 17:22–31). Because these texts share similar motifs, they can be said to constitute an argumentative series. In these sections, Luke provides a coherent concept of God comprised of many motifs from Luke-Acts. The central motif is that God created the world, which results in God’s self-sufficiency. Therefore, a worship with neither sacrifices nor temple is the appropriate response to God as a self-sufficient, transcendent, spiritual, and perfect being that is completely different from every mortal being on earth.

You can download the full text of this essay for free (open access).