Like earlier volumes in the Social Science Commentary series, this volume situates Acts squarely in the cultural matrix of the first century Mediterranean world, elaborating its codes of patron and client, mediatorship, honor and shame, healing and sickening, wizardry and witchcraft accusations, and the understanding of the Spirit of God as well as deities and demons as personal causes of significant events.
Bruce J. Malina is Professor of New Testament at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. He has written many books, including The Social World of Jesus and the Gospels, and The Social Gospel of Jesus. He is also co-author of Social-Science Commentary on the Gospel of John and Social Science Commentary on the Book of Revelation. He is co-editor of The Social Setting of Jesus and the Gospels.
John J. Pilchis Professor of Biblical Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. His works include Healing in the New Testament and Social-Science Commentary on the Book of Revelation (with Bruce J. Malina).