Topic 4 Review




Topic 4 Review

Fill in the review as you complete the assigned readings for the topic. This review will help you prepare for course discussions, assignments, and examinations. The review may be used during examinations.

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Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey

Chapter 13

  1. What is the Pax Romana? How did it influence the spread of Christianity?


Describe the three ways Hellenistic culture remained dominant in the Roman Empire:

  1. What is stoicism?
  2. What is cynicism?
  3. What is skepticism?

Chapter 14

  1. What are the seven outcomes in the common life of the church described in Acts 2:42-47?








  1. Describe three occurrences of conflict between mainstream Judaism and the Jesus Movement in the first eight chapters of Acts?






Chapter 15

  1. Describe why Philip, the Ethiopian Eunuch, and Cornelius are significant in terms of the spread of the gospel in Acts?


  1. Why was Peter’s visit to Cornelius controversial?



“Primitive Communism in Acts? Does Acts Present the Community of Goods (2:44-45; 4:32-35) as Mistaken?” from Evangelical Quarterly


  1. What are the five challenges scholars have raised concerning the sharing of possessions in Acts 2 and 4?


  1. Identify and summarize the four key texts describing the community of believers in Acts and their use of possessions.


  1. Summarize the two other pieces of evidence from Acts the author presents for the believers’ use of money:
  2. Almsgiving


  1. Paul’s financial independence












Elwell, W. A., & Yarbrough, R. W. (2013). Encountering the New Testament: A historical and theological survey (3rd ed.). Grand Rapids: MI. Baker Academic.

Walton, S. (2008). Primitive communism in Acts? Does Acts present the community of goods (2:44-45; 4:32-35) as mistaken? Evangelical Quarterly, 80(2), 99-111. Retrieved from