Reading Acts with a Map

Date(s) - 01/11/2020
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Brite Divinity School


Reading Acts with a Map
Saturday, January 11, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth
Rubén Dupertuis, Associate Professor and Chair, Religion Department and Co-Director, Humanities Collective, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

While the journey is central in both Luke and Acts, the theme is developed differently in the two books. In Luke, the journey from Galilee to Jerusalem becomes a frame on which to hang Jesus’ teaching. In the Acts, however, the journey takes the form of a series of adventures in which the reader follows the expansion of the movement. Here, the characters and their carefully plotted and represented geographical movements become means of relating the passing of the message from the provincial outskirts to the center of the Greco-Roman world. In this seminar we explore the somewhat deliberate and selective geographical scope of Acts, such as why stops at Philippi, Athens and Ephesus and not other cities? We’ll also pay attention to how the author engages conventions and patterns readers in the early Roman Empire would have expected to encounter. And finally, how do we as 21st century Christian readers engage ancient narratives that reflect assumptions and popular cultures far removed from our own.

Rubén R. Dupertuis is Associate Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion Department at Trinity University. He is the author of essays and articles on education in the ancient world as well as on the Acts of the Apostles, ancient narrative, and Greek classical traditions. He is co-editor of Reading Acts in the Second Century and most recently, Reading and Teaching Ancient Fiction. He is a passionate advocate for the importance of the humanities and humanities education and currently serves as co-director of Trinity University’s new Humanities Collective. As an avid cyclist, he thinks the world would be a better place if more people rode bikes.