Luke and the 'Jews' in Acts: 'Anti'-Semitic or 'Too' Semitic?
Oliver, Isaac - University of Michigan

2012-11-15 12:15:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 00:50:29

Isaac Oliver, Frankel Institute Fellow

Luke uses the problematic and controversial designation "the Jews" to label opponents of the gospel, particularly those who have Paul evicted from the synagogues in the Diaspora. The aim is to revisit this polemic and account for its usage in the book of Acts through a comparison with Lukeís description of other Jewish groups (e.g., Pharisees, Sadducees, and Jewish followers of Jesus) and an exploration of his conception of Israelís role in human history.

Isaac W. Oliver earned his PhD at the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan in the summer of 2012. He has also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Notre Dame (Indiana) as well as in France, Argentina, and Austria. His dissertation, "Torah Praxis after 70 CE: Reading Matthew and Luke-Acts as Jewish Texts," focuses on the question of Sabbath keeping, dietary laws, and circumcision in the gospels of Matthew and Luke as well as the Acts of the Apostles. He has written articles on early Judaism and Christianity for the Henoch journal, the journal of New Testament Studies, and the Journal of Ancient Judaism. In January 2013, he will be an assistant professor in religious studies at Bradley University, Illinois. He is particularly interested in exploring Jewish-Christian relations both in Antiquity and the modern period, reading the New Testament and other early Christian writings within their Jewish matrix and as Jewish literature, and investigating Second Temple Judaism and rabbinic writings in their own right. He is the associate editor of the Reviews of the Enoch Seminar, a digital book review service of the Enoch Seminar Online committed to the publication of book reviews on Jews and Christians in Antiquity. He is also the secretary of the Enoch Graduate Seminar, a biannual conference on Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins.


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