I recently gave a paper to a joint meeting of the Book of Acts and Use and Influence of the New Testament seminars at the British New Testament Society meeting in Liverpool. My full paper, offering an exegetical discussion of the sharing of possessions in Acts, especially in the early chapters, continues to be available for download for a short time here. It’s strictly work in progress, so please don’t cite it as a published maidthis work. I’d welcome feedback and comments.
I’m also now making the slides from my talk available here. The talk itself was briefer than the paper, and focuses on four key claims I’m making: that the sharing was voluntary; that the sharing resonates with both Jewish and Graeco-Roman cultures; that the sharing described is historically plausible; and then summarising what Luke is communicating by including these stories in Acts.
Responses are very welcome!