Rehabilitating Gallio and his judgement in Acts 18: 14-15

Bruce Winter

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Abstract

By first-century Graeco-Roman standards, a recent assessment of Gallio – a Roman senator, proconsul and consul of Rome – would have been seen as something of a 'damnatio' that resulted in the dismissal of his achievements and the formal disfiguring of his name from the imperial inscription that bears it in Delphi. However, a re-examination of the evidence of ancient witnesses comes to a somewhat different conclusion about this important Roman senator. Such testimonies would confirm Luke’s presentation of this legally com­petent proconsul who made a landmark judgement under Roman law on the status of the early Christian movement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-308
Number of pages18
JournalTyndale Bulletin
Volume57
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • Early Christianity
  • Ancient Roman senator
  • The Acts of the Apostles

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