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The Book of Acts and Paul in Roman Custody
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In The Book of Acts and Paul in Roman Custody, the third volume in this ground-breaking series, Brian Rapske uses ancient literary sources and archaeological evidence to uncover important background on the custodial system of the Graeco-Roman world in order to better view Paul's persona and Christian mission. This outstanding study shows Luke himself to be keenly aware of the practical and theological threat that imprisonment posed for Paul and argues that this understanding motivated one of Luke's primary objectives in his writing of Luke-Acts to defend or justify the prisoner missionary Paul to the reader.
"This volume fills a huge gap in our historical knowledge. Paul probably spent between a quarter and a third of the principal phase of his missionary life in custody, and yet hitherto we have had only vague or fragmentary knowledge of what that must have meant in real terms. . . .This volume provides vital scene-setting information that should and will influence all future exposition of Acts."
James D.G. Dunn, University of Durham
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Brian Rapske is assistant professor of New Testament at Northwest Baptist Seminary in Langley, British Columbia.
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