World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$52.68
Qty:1
  • List Price: $70.00
  • Save: $17.32 (25%)
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it Tuesday, April 22? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Trade in your item
Get a $1.57
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0195377873 ISBN-10: 0195377877

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$52.68
$52.68 $42.39

Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student



NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (June 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195377877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195377873
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,888,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

a remarkable blend of biblical and historical scholarship, theological erudition and ethical reflection. Grant Macaskill, Journal for the Study of the New Testament

About the Author


C. Kavin Rowe, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Duke University Divinity School

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
6
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 6 customer reviews
It will be remembered; it will be referenced for a long time.
Northern Disciple
Most of what Rowe has written would have augmented my own argument, except that his arguments are more lucid, cogent, and well written!
Patrick R. Novak
Kavin Rowe's is a scholar's book, directed to the academy, but with profound implications for the church.
Dabbler Many Things

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dabbler Many Things on January 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Kavin Rowe's is a scholar's book, directed to the academy, but with profound implications for the church.

The book raises some critical questions about Acts' posture toward culture, and Rome in particular, arguing for a more nuanced both/and position than is often given: Yes, the Romans proclaim Paul innocent at every turn, and yet, the Gospel still creates tumult wherever it goes. And Rowe argues that the latter must necessarily be so.

So long as the church proclaims Jesus as an alternative king to Caesar, it will engage in a worldwide mission, by which it will be creating alternative communities, and will therefore continue to "turn the world upside down."

I did an in-depth review on my blog in two parts:
[...]
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrick R. Novak on April 10, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
C. Kavin Rowe has produced a work that is special. It is special because it engagingly wrestles with long held views held the academy regarding Acts and Luke's purposes; is well written, and I think, can be easily understood by those who 'work' for a living; and presents a bold view of the purpose of Acts, which if taken seriously, has radical implications for the Church, especially in the West.

Rowe posits a "tension" in Acts. Luke's view that though the Church is not seditious, the faith, if taken seriously, has radical cultural implications. Put simply, Christianity and paganism are mutually exclusive. One's belief will change the way one lives.

This, in itself, will rock the boat of most 'seeker friendly', 'emerging' churches, let alone the vast swath of evangelicalism in North America, of which, I consider myself a part. I regret that Rowe's fine work was not available five to six years ago when I was writting my dissertation on the concept of indwelling in Colossians. Most of what Rowe has written would have augmented my own argument, except that his arguments are more lucid, cogent, and well written!

Rowe's work has spun off a great deal of commentary already. I am sure it will continue to do so for years to come. This is not a book for just scholars but also for pastors who work daily to see their charges formed in Christ.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Northern Disciple on June 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a book which has depth and latitude, a journey which leaves one with much to ponder and which considers many dimensions of Luke's Acts. Why did the Gospel of "peace" create such an uproar? Why was Paul, like Jesus, put to death by Caesar even after being declared innocent? Why did the fledgling Christian community of Acts, which had no designs on political power and no thought of insurrection, come under the fierce opposition and murderous persecution of Caesar?

These are, of course, all familiar issues to anyone who has considered The Acts of The Apostles but Kavin Rowe, like all gifted authors and original thinkers, causes his reader to consider the the work afresh. His is the genius which leads one along a familiar and oft-trod path to point out important things which have gone unnoticed, and familiar sights cast in a whole new light. What is more, the careful and thorough scholarship of the guide reassures one all along the way.

My particular interest is epistemology and I found Rowe's observations of the knowledge vantage point of belief in Jesus Christ versus unbelief to be nothing short of brilliant. Those outside of Christ could prove no charge nor sustain any accusation, yet they rightly perceived that their whole world was threatened by this new message and this new community. Even while they refused to acknowledge Jesus Christ as "Lord of all" - no, because they refused - they somehow knew that the very foundation of their world was threatened. Because they refused to honour Christ, they could not grasp the message, but even in their blindness they knew that the message was their undoing. Profound ironies!

There are powerful implications in "World Upside Down" for the modern Church. Is Caesar still Caesar?
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Search
ARRAY(0xa4050ca8)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?