The Book of Acts

edited by Charles Raith II
Catholic University of America Press, 2019
eISBN: 978-0-8132-3168-6, Paper: 978-0-8132-3167-9

The Book of Acts brings together leading Catholic, Orthodox, and Evangelical theologians to read and interpret the book of Acts from within their ecclesial tradition, while simultaneously engaging one another in critical dialogue. Combining both theological exegesis and ecumenical dialogue, each chapter is uniquely structured to facilitate a rich reading of Scripture and an engaging though critical dialogue across the traditions. Each chapter begins with a main essay by either a Catholic, Orthodox, or Evangelical theologian on a section of the book of Acts; the main essay is followed by responses from theologians of the other two traditions. The chapter concludes with a final response from the main author. Readers are thus provided with not only a deep and engaging reading of the book of Acts but also the unfolding of a rich theological-ecumenical dialogue centered on Scripture. Anyone interested in understanding how our ecclesial traditions inform our reading of Scripture would do well to read this book, as would anyone interested in the book of Acts, ecumenical dialogue, and the theological interpretation of Scripture
List of Illustrations
Introduction. Reading Acts Together as Catholics, Orthodox, and Evangelicals
Chapter 1. Acts 1 and Christ’s Ascension into Heaven
Response. Ascension of an Immaterial Body
Response. Passing Over into God?
Chapter 2. Acts 2, Translating Pentecost
Response. Vatican II and Analogical Thinking
Response. “Retranslating” the Pentecost
Chapter 3. Acts 7 and the Stoning of Stephen
Response. Stephen, the Spirit, and Bearing Witness
Response. A Response to Professor Levering
Chapter 4. Divine Action and Human Response
Response. From Death to Life, from Madness to Logic
Response. Paul’s Conversion in His Own Words
Chapter 5. Acts of the Apostles 15
Response. The Gospel in Acts 15 and the Ecumenical Councils
Response. What about Jewish Followers of Jesus?
Chapter 6. Acts 17 and Mars Hill
Response. A Response to Fr. Louth on Patristic Interpretations of Acts 17
Response. Unknowable or Unknown God?

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