The Ethnic Conflict in Early Christianity: An Appraisal of Bauckham's Proposal on the Antioch Crisis and the Jerusalem Council
What was the nature of the ethnic conflict in early Christianity? Bennema examines how the early church approached one instance of ethnic conflict, that of admitting Gentiles into the people of God—the Antioch crisis (Galatians 2) and the Jerusalem council (Acts 15). Do the events in Galatians 2:1-10 refer to Luke's description of the events in Acts 11:27-30 or Acts 15? Was there a difference of opinion between Paul and the leadership of the Jerusalem church? Were they growing apart or was there complete agreement amongst them? This article addresses these and other questions.
Source: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 2013. 11 pages.
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