Peter's Halakhic Nightmare: The 'animal' vision of Acts 10:9-16 in Jewish and Graeco-Roman perspective

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Abstract

Did Luke intend Peter’s visionary command to eat unclean animals in Acts 10 to suggest the dissolution of the Jewish Law? Whilst scholars have argued over sources, inconsistent redaction and later reception, many have failed to notice here the novel use of a type of transgression anxiety dream. John Moxon shows how by the incorporation of such naturalistic motifs, Luke takes »revelation« in a new and decidedly psychological direction, probably imitating similar developments in Graeco-Roman biography. If the vision reveals an illegitimate transfer of disgust within an exaggerated halakha of separation, then its target is prejudice and inconsistency, not the Jew-Gentile divide as such, as underlined by the ironic contrast with the pious Cornelius. In this reading, Luke’s non-supercessionism is maintained, whilst showing him acutely aware of the kinds of nightmare holding many back from the nascent Gentile mission.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTubingen
PublisherMohr Siebeck
Number of pages638
ISBN (Print)978-3-16-153301-3
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameWissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe
PublisherMohr Siebeck
Volume432
ISSN (Print)0340-9570

Keywords

  • Biblical Studies, Early Judaism, Early Christianity

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Moxon, J. (2017). Peter's Halakhic Nightmare: The 'animal' vision of Acts 10:9-16 in Jewish and Graeco-Roman perspective. (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe; Vol. 432). Mohr Siebeck.