Conflicts of ??G??? and miracle in the Acts of the Apostles [electronic resource] : social discourse on legitimate and deviant use of spiritual power /Show full item record
|Title||Conflicts of ??G??? and miracle in the Acts of the Apostles [electronic resource] : social discourse on legitimate and deviant use of spiritual power /|
|Author||Roberts, Ronald Dennis|
|Abstract||Most previous treatments of the four mageia-miracle conflicts in Acts (8:4-25; 13:4-12; 16:16-18; 19:8-20) do not adequately account for the socially constructed nature of the Greco-Roman concept of mageia and also fail to make an adequate distinction between modern Western concepts of magic and the ancient Greco-Roman concept of mageia. Employing a social-scientific-critical method, this dissertation engages in a narrative-focused analysis of these four texts and other relevant texts from Acts to understand better the socio-cultural elements in Acts' presentation of both miracle-working characters and their rival wonder-working characters, whom Acts primarily presents as popular magoi. My social-scientific-critical approach primarily depends upon the historical theory of Kimberly Stratton, the theories of the social-scientific study of magic, and the social-scientific study of social deviance (particularly the symbolic interactionist approach to deviance). For Greco-Roman Gentile readers in the regions stretching form Achaia to Asia Minor during the late first to early second centuries, the competitions between miracle-workers and popular magoi in the four mageia-miracle conflicts in Acts would function as more than mere warnings against the syncretizing of the Christ-movement with mageia or the recounting of historical tales of popular magoi who competed against the early Christ-following missionaries; instead, these four episodes contribute significantly to Acts development of a social identity for the relatively undefined social role of Christ-following miracle-worker. This miracle-worker social identity would not only function as a means of countering accusations of popular mageia directed at the Christ-movement but might also serve as a means by which a Christ-following reader of Acts may distinguish between legitimate wonder-workers (that is, miracle-workers) and illegitimate wonder-workers (that is, popular magoi).|
|Description||Title from dissertation title page (viewed Aug. 20, 2013).
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, 2013.
"Dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Brite Divinity School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Interpretation."
Dissertation advisor: Warren Carter.
Includes bibliographical references.
Text (electronic thesis) in PDF.
|Subject||Bible. Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Magic Religious aspects Christianity.
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