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Bibil Identifier bibil:200008
Publication Type Book
Title (French, Long) Les Actes des Apôtres
Title (French, ) L'Église entre le martyre d'Étienne et la mission de Paul
Author Cazeaux, Jacques
Series Lectio Divina (Volume: 224)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature SBA 64/224
Place 226.6.08
Publishing house Les Editions du Cerf
Place Paris
ISBN 978-2-204-08756-8
Edition number 1
Language French
Pages 356 Pages
height in cm 22
Genre Original
Abstract The Acts of the Apostles is read with a feeling of nostalgia by all reformers, who see it as the edifying story of the primitive Church, especially the journal exalting the travels of the greatest missionary, Paul. But the initial aim was perhaps otherwise! Between the witness of blood and that of the mission, the Acts reveal the complexity of the Gospel. Also a history of origins, the book wove a prophecy designed to reform communities that had already gone off course.
The latter, neglecting Christ’s Passion, celebrated the freedom opened up by the Resurrection; they tended to make the Nations a new chosen people by rejecting Israel’s heritage and showed a marked liking for signs and the cult of personalities, including that of Paul.
The Acts of the Apostles could indeed be less a historical narrative than a construction based on history to demystify the image of Paul – not Paul himself, but what he was being turned into, i.e. the champion of a will for power.
The author reminds us that the first half of the Acts insists heavily on certain points: the Passion; and, with Stephen, on martyrdom as the mission of the Church; on the inalienable centre of Jerusalem, that is to say Israel; on the role of Peter, first messenger taking the Gospel to the Nations with the Roman Cornelius. The second part of the Acts recounts Paul’s voyages, but in such a way that addition, futility and error combine. The famous call to Caesar was almost blasphemous and pointless, since Paul could take the boat from any port and at any time. And why Rome, when the Pentecost also permitted Persia? At the very end of the book, Paul, at last his true self, is immobile, chained in Rome. At last, he speaks of the kingdom of God and delivers the message of the Servant, announced by the Baptist and Jesus.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Acts of the Apostles
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Martyrdom
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Peter
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Paul
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