Showdown in Jerusalem is a readable primer on the much-debated and often-misunderstood Apostolic Council. When a faction known as “the circumcision” insisted that adult non-Jewish brethren should undergo the painful rite of having the foreskin cut off, Paul and others reacted vehemently. They wasted no time in calling for an urgent conference to settle the issue and restore harmony in the fledgling church.
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This book is a must for all who want to get a feel for the momentous events that so affected Christians in the critical decades following Jesus' Ascension.
Showdown in Jerusalem has a Scripture index for putting the passages mentioned in the book right at your fingertips. In addition, a glossary explains words that some readers may have difficulty with — no struggling with unknown terms.
|1. Conflict in the early church||2. God, gerim and goyim||3. Apple of His eye|
|4. Welcome, stranger||5. Perpetuating pedigrees||6. Making sense of circumcision|
|7. One small step for a Roman||8. Moses gets mishmashed||9. Too grievous to be born|
|10. Abraham is our father||11. Sinners of the Gentiles||12. Judaism's day of glory|
|13. Ya'll come||14. Circumcising dogs||15. Circumcisers' day in court|
|16. War on error: liberty assured||17. Sinai found wanting||18. Please don't strangle your dinner|
|19. A vicious rumor — Paul under fire||20. The great legalism hoax||21. Sinner to saint — the miracle of justification|
|22. Under the law — a fresh perspective||23. Christians and the law||Appendix One: The law of Moses and customs|
|Appendix Two: Apostolic Council scenarios||
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