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Proclaiming the Judge of the Living and the Dead: The Christological Significance of Judgment in Acts 10 and 17
Akagi, Kai

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019 pp. xiv + 213. $104.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 494

Description: Kai Akagi considers the christological significance of Jesusís role in judgement in the speeches in Acts 10:34Ė43 and 17:22Ė31. Reading these speeches as part of the narrative of Luke-Acts with attention to scriptural use and influence, along with extended analysis of judgment figures in Jewish pseudepigraphal and Qumran literature, reveals that the scope of Jesusís judgment and the use of scriptural patterns in the speeches suggest his divine authority by associating him with Godís final judgment at the resurrection. At the same time, his judgment identifies him as the appointed human messiah whom the speeches proclaim. While further tracing the contours and characteristics of messianism and mediatorial figures in Judaism contemporary with the beginnings of Christianity and the New Testament texts, this volume integrates study of the speeches in Acts, Lukan theology, early christology, and scriptural use and influence, whether direct and through the shaping of collective cultural knowledge.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Acts, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Theological Interpretation

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Review by Steve Walton
Published 9/24/2020
Citation: Steve Walton, review of Kai Akagi, Proclaiming the Judge of the Living and the Dead: The Christological Significance of Judgment in Acts 10 and 17, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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