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Saameet in Handelinge 2:42 ’n Sosio-historiese ondersoek

S.P.J. Vermaak, F.J. van Rensburg
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 35, No 4 | a575 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v35i4.575 | © 2001 S.P.J. Vermaak, F.J. van Rensburg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 August 2001 | Published: 08 August 2001

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S.P.J. Vermaak, Die Gereformeerde Kerk Totiusdal, Pretoria, South Africa
F.J. van Rensburg, Skool vir Bybelwetenskappe en Bybeltale, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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The communal meal in Acts 2:42. A socio-historical study

The issue featuring in this article relates to the extra-textual context within which the communal meal in Acts 2:42 is to be understood. Does Luke use the “breaking of bread” within a Jewish or a Hellenistic context? First, the applicable facets of the Jewish- Hellenistic society in the first century A.D. is constructed. Next the influence of Hellenism on the first-century societies is highlighted. The communal meals in which Jesus, according to the Gospels, participated, is studied to establish whether He inaugurated a change in values. Finally the socio-historic context of the communal meal in Acts 2:42 is typified in the light of the conclusions.


Acts 2 42; Communal Meal; Socio-Historical Context; Hellenistic Meal Conventions; Jewish Meal Conventions


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