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Judas and the Choice of Matthias: A Study on Context and Concern of Acts 1:15–26
Zwiep, Arie W.

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2004 pp. xxi + 270. €54.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/187

Description: In this volume Arie Zwiep examines the character and purpose of the Judas-Matthias pericope in Acts 1:1526 in the wider context of Jewish, Graeco-Roman and early Christian traditions on the death of the wicked in terms of divine retribution. Through a comprehensive analysis of form and function of the pericope in its historical and literary context, this study seeks to discern the distinctly Lukan perspective in the light of first-century reflection on the figure of Judas Iscariot, the role of the Twelve in the earliest Christian communities, and current eschatological expectations that have coloured Lukes narrative presentation. Special consideration is given to the concurrent versions of Judas death in Matthew 27:3-10 and the writings of Papias.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Acts, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins


Review by Loveday Alexander
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Published 4/23/2007
Citation: Loveday Alexander, review of Arie W. Zwiep, Judas and the Choice of Matthias: A Study on Context and Concern of Acts 1:15–26, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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