Monday, January 14, 2013

Book Received: Peter, Paul and Recategorization in the Book of Acts

Just received is Coleman A. Baker's Brite Divinity School (TCU) dissertation entitled, Peter, Paul and Recategorization in the Book of Acts: Identity, Memory, and Narrative in Early Christianity.  In this monograph, Baker seeks to demonstrate
"that the narrative of Acts attempts the recategorization of Judean and non-Judean Christ followers and those on either side of the debate over non-Judean inclusion in the Christ movement into a common ingroup by presenting Peter and Paul as prototypical of a common superordinate Christian identity in the midst of diversity and conflict within the Christ movement in the last decade of the first century CE."
With a thesis  this packed (which is also the first sentence of the book!) I am interested to see what the rest of Baker's work has to offer!

This book was published in 2011 by Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers.  Thank you to WS for this copy for review.

Also on a personal note, I was uncharacteristically impacted by his preface and the words he had to say to his family - it was a good change of pace from typically perfunctory prefaces.  "My sons...patiently waited for their daddy to finish reading and writing so that we could jump on the trampoline, play a video game, throw the ball, or watch a movie; my daughters...added so much joy, excitement, and distraction during this project and in doing so, consistently reminded me of those things that are most important."  I appreciate the perspective.

1 comment:

  1. I look forward to seeing what you think about the book.