One Lord, One People: The Unity of the Church in Acts in its Literary Setting

Alan J. Thompson

One Lord, One People: The Unity of the Church in Acts in its Literary Setting
One Lord, One People: The Unity of the Church in Acts in its Literary Setting

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This book examines the Lukan themes of unity and disunity against ancient Greco-Roman and Jewish social and political discourses on concord and discord to better understand the context in which Luke highlights the themes of unity and disunity.

The themes of unity and disunity are particularly prominent in ancient discussions of the reigns of rulers, evaluations of laws/constitutions/forms of government, and descriptions of the contrasting effects of unity and disunity in the destruction and preservation of peoples and cities. These themes are grouped under the broad categories of kingship and law, and the preservation and destruction of cities. The book contends that, in the context of its literary setting, the theme of the unity of the church under one Lord in Acts contributes to Lukan Christological claims that Christ is the true king, and Lukan ecclesiological claims that the Christian community is the true people of God.

  • Table Of Contents
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Unity and the "Rule of Law"
  • 3. Unity and the "Rule of the Lord"
  • 4. Unity and the Disunity: The Difference Between Survival and Destruction
  • 5. Concord and the Conquest of the Word
  • 6. Unity in Acts: Idealization or Reality?


Pages: 240
Publisher: T&T Clark
Published: 2013
ISBN-10: 0567062759
ISBN-13: 9780567062758

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