Contested Ethnicities & Images: Studies
in Acts & Art

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament No. 345


By: David L. Balch
September 2015
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9789186523992
499 Pages
$257.50 Hardcover


David L. Balch examines how the Acts of the Apostles on the ethnic, economic and political debate in the 1st century AD. involved. Cities and their residents should immigrants receive (Acts 10:28); the proud, the urban rich should be humble and form a community with the poor. The Roman Empire expanded, concluding a different ethnic groups. This created not only in Rome itself, but also in Athens and Jerusalem for conflicts over ethnic inclusion and exclusion. Lukas' biography of Jesus shows him as a founder who fulfilled Isaiah's prophecies and Moses law changed by receiving strangers (Luke 4:19), which drove forward the development of the mission. Balch also connects New Testament texts with pictorial representations in Roman houses, the women show, for example, as a priest, faithful Charismatics parallel to Dionysian maenads and Thecla, the "one class of women who [was painted by Roman artists] shook the expected behaviors" (Bergmann) belonged.