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The spectre of Stephen and the haunting of Acts

Curkpatrick, Stephen (2002) The spectre of Stephen and the haunting of Acts. Journal of Higher Criticism, 9 (1). pp. 16-31. ISSN 1075-7139

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        Critical studies on the Acts of the Apostles have consistently suggested that this late New Testament writing takes a degree of fictive license in its narration of Christian origins. This article seeks to tease out some implications from loose ends in a writing that appears to erase some difficult memories as it attempts to give a unified, coherent view of Christian origins. The article proposes that at least two uncomfortable memories emerge from this text: one, an uneasy memory for contemporaries of the writer—the murder of Stephen; and two, an ineluctable memory for Christian tradition concerning some early pejorative evaluation of contemporary Judaism. The Acts strategy of ameliorating difficult memories occurs at the cost of erasing the complexity and memory of the internal tensions involved.

        Item Type: Published Articles
        Repository Version: Published Version
        Keywords (separated by commas): New Testament, Acts, Stephen, Luke, biblical criticism, Judaism, Christian origins, narrative criticism
        Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
        Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
        Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
        Subject Area(s): B - New Testament
        Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
        Depositing User: Repository Manager
        Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2009 12:59
        Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 02:38
        URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/199

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