The List of Nations in Acts 2: A Jerusalemite Source?

David Evans (Speaker)

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There have been numerous suggestions regarding Luke’s source for his list of nations in the Acts 2 Pentecost event. Scholars have looked to Persian inscriptions, geographical astrology, Roman imperial boasts, and the writings of Philo and Josephus as possible sources for Luke’s list. In this paper, I will argue that while these other lists demonstrate the commonality of the structure and purposes of ‘lists of nations’ throughout history, none of them provide a likely source for Acts 2. Rather, I propose that Luke has used a source from the Jerusalem church to ascertain the ethnicities of those present in the earliest times of the post-Pentecost Jesus movement.
Period2 Jul 2018
Event titleANZATS Conference 2018
Event typeConference
LocationBrisbane, Australia, Queensland
Degree of RecognitionNational