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on February 16, 2017
As usual, Barnett is excellent. it's the amount of details, the small facts he tosses in that are so useful For example, after Jesus' resurrection, Barnett suggests the disciples may have been meeting for the breaking of the bread in the large upper room owned by Mary, "the mother of John Mark. Mary's house boasted an outer gate, supported ...a maid...and was large enough" (p 198).
Also, Jesus was "described in rabbinic terminology. They had 'come' to him, 'followed after' him, 'learned from him' (p 201). And this is important because we know how Second Temple Jews passed on oral tradition. It was common practice among the students of famous rabbis to memorize their most memorable sayings, and to keep a notebook of all the important points.
In Acts, Paul says he was a 'citizen' of Tarsus. This would fly over the heads of most readers, but it meant that "his parents must have been 'citizens'...Substantial weallth, property worth five hundred drachmae...was required too qualify for enrollment as a citizen of Tarsus" (p 262).
Well written and brilliant scholarship.