product description page

Illiterate Apostles : Uneducated Early Christians and the Literates Who Loved Them (Hardcover) (Allen

$114.00
shipping not available
free order pickup not available
not sold at Manhattan Herald Square

about this item

Allen Hilton examines how pagan critics ridiculed the early Christians for being uneducated, and how a few literate Christians took up pen to defend the illiterate members of their churches. Hilton sheds light on the peculiarity of this “defense”, in which the authors openly admit that the critics have the facts on their side, noting that the Book of Acts even calls two of its heroes, Peter and John, illiterates. Why did the authors of these biblical texts, intent on presenting Christianity in a positive light, volunteer such a negative detail?

The answer to this question reveals a fascinating social exchange that first surrounded education levels in antiquity, and proceeded to make its way into the New Testament. This volume provides context for pagan education as opposed to early Christian illiteracy – touching upon the methods of ancient learning and the relationship between Christian and pagan schools – and analyses the 'uneducated virtue' of the Apostles. Hilton provides a useful window onto the social construction of ancient education and ushers readers into the everyday experience of ancient Christians, and those who disdained and defended them.


more to consider

  • Human Resource Management in Hospitality Environment (Hardcover) (Jerald W. Chesser)

    $99.95

  • Heirloom Harvest : Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures (Hardcover) (Amy Goldman)

    $72.25

  • Highland Sinner (Reprint) (Paperback) (Hannah Howell)

    $7.19

  • How to Paint Flowers in Acrylics (Paperback) (Tim Fisher)

    $15.25

  • Shadow Girl -  by Liana Liu (Hardcover)

    $12.59

recommended

  • Vasilus Bonded Leather 29.5" Barstool Set 2ct - Christopher Knight Home

    $269.59 - $336.79

  • PAW Patrol Adventure Bay Railway Track Set

    $22.49

  • Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers - 10oz

    $4.19

  • A-Z of Wool Embroidery (Paperback)

    $13.56

  • World Scientific Handbook of Global Health Economics and Public Policy (Hardcover)

    $1,140.00


from the manufacturer


guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.