God as Creator in Acts 17:24

An Historical-Exegetical Study

By Jennifer Marie Creamer

God as Creator in Acts 17:24

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  • ISBN: 9781532615368
  • Pages: 186
  • Publication Date: 8/25/2017
  • Retail Price: $25.00
Web Price: $20.00
Web Price: $20.00

God as Creator in Acts 17:24

An Historical-Exegetical Study

By Jennifer Marie Creamer

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532615368
  • Pages: 186
  • Publication Date: 8/25/2017
  • Retail Price: $25.00
Web Price: $20.00

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The Areopagus speech of Acts provides a helpful study of how Paul both engaged and confronted the contemporary culture of his day to present the message of Christianity to his hearers in Athens. How does Paul, as a Jew, contextualize the message for his audience of Stoic and Epicurean philosophers in Athens on the topic of God as Creator in Acts 17:24? Paul touches on a subject of contentious debate between Stoics and Epicureans when he identifies God as Creator. Stoics believed in a creating deity, something akin to Plato’s demiurge of the Timaeus. Epicureans ridiculed such an idea. By using the identification of God as Creator, Paul engages a common controversy between schools of philosophy.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“One of the most complex and contentious issues facing the church today is related to contextualization and its boundaries. This is true in theology as well as missiology. Questions like: Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? We need solid exposition of biblical material that can address principles in these areas more than ever. Dr. Creamer, a New Testament Greek scholar who also worked several years in India, has written a first-rate work.”

—Steve Cochrane, Global Leadership Team, University of the Nations



“In a well-developed argument, Jennifer Creamer demonstrates how Paul (according to Luke) carefully chose vocabulary familiar to his audience, but filled it with Judeo-Christian thought. In his cross-cultural communication, Paul referred to God as Creator in his argument against idolatry. This publication makes a valuable contribution to the scholarly discussion on the contextualization of the topic of God as Creator in Paul’s Areopagus speech as recorded in Acts 17.”

—Francois P. Viljoen, North-West University, RSA




“I highly recommend
God as Creator in Acts 17:24 to anyone who wants to know more about the first-century context of the Areopagus speech of Acts 17:24. How did Paul use concepts familiar to Greeks in order to introduce the unfamiliar content of the gospel? . . . This is a careful, detailed, exhaustive, and focused study of the primary sources on this timely topic: the cross-cultural communication of the gospel.”

—Aída Besançon Spencer, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Contributors-

Jennifer Marie Creamer

Bio(s)-

Jennifer Marie Creamer is adjunct professor of New Testament at the Boston campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has also taught biblical studies with the University of the Nations at various international campuses.

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