Two Cultures, Two Excerpts, Two Religions

6 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2011

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DiMarkco Stephen Chandler

Claremont Graduate University; California State University, Northridge

Date Written: April 8, 2011


This study is primarily interested in an exegetical analysis of two pericopae located in the Acts of the Apostles. Specifically, Acts 5:17-33 and Acts 17:1-13 will be examined in light of a number of pertinent studies spanning as far back as 1959 to the present. Out of the historical context engendered by such a survey, several methods of interpretation (mimesis, critical realism, form and historical literary criticism) will be applied to these two scripture passages in hopes of producing reasonable conclusions regarding possible authorial intent, meaning, as well as how the stories work in relationship to the larger story these pericopae are embedded in.

Keywords: Bacchae, Methods of Interpretation, Mimesis, Critical Realism, Form and Historical Literary Criticism, Paul, The Book of the Acts of the Apostles

JEL Classification: Z00

Suggested Citation

Chandler, DiMarkco Stephen, Two Cultures, Two Excerpts, Two Religions (April 8, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

DiMarkco Stephen Chandler (Contact Author)

Claremont Graduate University ( email )

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California State University, Northridge ( email )

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Northridge, CA 91330
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