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Course Packet Review New Testament Paul told a cripple from birth, who had never walked, to “Stand up straight on your feet!” and he leaped and walked And Barnabas they called Zeus and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these vain things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them “These men being Jews exceedingly trouble our city; and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe” – about Paul and Silas “Jason has harbored them, and these are all actging contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king – Jesus” Claudius commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome Gallio was proconsul of Achaia “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O jews, there would be reason why I should bear with you. But if it is a question of words and names and your own law; lok to it yourselves; for I do not want to be a judge of such matters Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spiritr came upon them and they spoke with tongues and prophesied; now the men were about twelve in all So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed Religion and Society in the Roman World Pax Romana and Empire- management of so large an empire required an efficient system of travel and communication in order to maintain the flow of goods and services throughout the far flung provinces Currents of Cultural Interaction o Two countervailing cultural tendencies accompanied the Pax Romana: as people and ideas spread out from Rome, so also newcomers were drawn to the capital from t eh conquered territories o The impulse on the part of these Romans in settling the eastern provinces was to carry with them Roman tradititons, ideals, and culture
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o We may properly call this the centrifugal force of Roman rule, as it tended to propel people, ideas, and traditions away from the center- from Rome- toward the periphery o We may also properly call this cultural imperialism o “All roads lead to Rome” o Rome “where all things hideous and shameful from all parts of the world find their center and become popular” o We may properly call this the centripetal force of Roman rule, as “diasporas” from all over the empire were drawn there, often crowding together in their own neighborhood enclaves. With them they brought their own culture, traditions, and religion, but at the same time they had to find ways to fit in o Jesus was a victim of the centrifugal force of Pax Romana o Paul and Pauline Christianity were products of the centripetal force of Pax Romana Pax Romana as Cultural Ideology o “peace” meant bringing Roman culture and administration to all parts of the world o “The Acts of the Divine Augustus” o His given name, of course, was Octavian Caesar. “Augustus was his imperial title; it means “revered”, ”consecrated”, or
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