Abstract

In a number of cases, Luke's depiction of riots in Acts follows the appropriate convention in forensic rhetoric of returning charges against accusers. At the same time, Luke's apologetic could have been better served had he been able to avoid narrating riots surrounding Paul at all. His narration of riots therefore reflects accusations against Paul still likely circulating in his day, charges exemplifed in Acts 24:5 and 25:8 and perhaps associated with Paul's martyrdom (depending on the date one assigns to Acts). There is therefore strong probability that Luke preserves relevant and fairly recent, therefore probably accurate, information about some of Paul's historical experiences. Observing Luke's apologetic therefore informs our appreciation of Luke both as an apologist and as a historian.

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