Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Acts 10:1-17, 34-35 Commentary
by Eric Barreto
The world changed, and few seemed to notice.
The extended and complex narrative around the encounter of Peter and the centurion Cornelius is a critical turning point in the narrative of Acts. That the narrative is that important is evidenced by Luke’s repeated reference to and retelling of the narrative in Acts 11:1-18 and 15:6-11.
This controversial encounter between a Roman official and Peter will eventuate in the decisions narrated in Acts 15, decisions that mark the church in Acts as fully Judean/Jewish and Gentile/Greek. That is, the communities God wishes to draw together are wildly diverse and widely inclusive. Gentiles and Greeks are welcome to join this community without leaving behind their cultural particularities just as Jews/Judeans are welcomed in the same way. As I’ve argued elsewhere, God welcomes the peoples and nations of the world in the midst of, not despite their ethnic particularities. In essence, God is not composing a generic people devoid of cultural particularity but a community teeming with difference. ...
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April 19, 2015
Narrative Lectionary podcast on readings for April 19, 2015: Acts 10:1-17, 34-35 (Accompanying text: Matthew 9:36-37.