Reading Acts in Chinese America
This chapter focuses on a New Testament book that is most concerned with the origins and development of the early church community: Acts. Generally, Acts is a narrative with two interconnected focal points. First, it sketches the formation of the Christian church community. Second, it depicts the community’s missionary expansion into various geographical areas and its conversion of different peoples. Chinese Americans’ interest in the Acts can also be seen in the fact that at least three of them have chosen to write on the book. First, Khiok-khng Yeo looks at the implications of Paul’s preaching in Athens for inter-religious dialogue. Second, David W. Pao scrutinizes the intertextual relations between Acts and the “Isaianic new exodus.” Finally, Timothy Tseng explores the difference between reading a dispute among early Christ-followers as opposed to an intergenerational conflict.
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