Parrhesia in Philo and Acts

The most recent issue of Journal for the Study of the New Testament (published online Aug. 2) contains an article dealing with The Performance of Parrhesia in Philo and Acts. The study is written by Arco den Heijer. According to the Abstract given on (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0142064X221113930):

“This article examines the role of the performance of frankness in the work of Philo of Alexandria and in the book of Acts. With respect to Philo, the differences are highlighted in the use of παρρησία between the various series of his writings. With respect to Acts, the role of scripture is emphasized in authorizing the frankness of the disciples. Comparing both, it is argued that the performance of frankness functions as a means to display inner freedom for Jews in the Roman Empire (for Philo) and for Christians within Jewish synagogues in the Roman Empire (for Acts), a freedom that consists of a sense of dignity and status. The comparison demonstrates the extent to which Philo and the book of Acts participate in a shared Roman discourse from Jewish perspectives.”

Author: TorreyS

See http://www.torreys.org/bible

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