Sunday, May 10, 2015

Outline for Acts 15 Paper

I think I now have a good outline for my upcoming Acts 15 post.  It divides Acts 15 into 3 topics (Issue/Rule Analysis, Peter's Argument, and James' Speech) and provides some Messianic perspectives on each topic.  I think it will be a handy template for anyone to use in that additional viewpoints can easily be added to this existing template.  I also provide an explanation of issue-rule analysis which, to my knowledge, has never been done in the history of Acts 15 scholarship (you're welcome).

OUTLINE:

TOPIC 1:  Issue/Rule Analysis.  Primary Issue [PI] & Corollary Sub-Issues [CSI(s)] and Primary Rule [PR] & Corollary Sub-Rules [CSR(s)]


INTRODUCTORY NOTE:  There are roughly 3 steps to issue analysis:  (1) recognizing that an issue is created by 2 (or more) opposing propositions and identifying those propositions.  For example, strictly speaking, 15:1 is not an issue statement but rather a proposition statement that represents one component of the issue before the court; (2) understanding that the issue and the resolution of that issue (i.e. the "rule" that one may extract from the case record) are logical corollaries.  In other words, the rule is merely a restatement of the issue question but in answer form; (3) ascertaining whether resolution of the primary issue will affect corollary rights/duties of the parties.  For example, in Acts 15, if the primary issue is formulated as soteriological, a corollary sub-issue might be whether Gentiles are included in Israel or whether Gentiles must abide by the "One Law" precedent set forth in Torah for members of the covenanted People of Israel.  In other words, the presence of corollary issues affects not only the scope of the primary issue, broadening the primary issue with all corollary sub-issues, but it also, based on point #2 listed above, affects the scope of the rule, broadening the primary rule with all corollary sub-rules.  


Tim Hegg:

  • PI:
  • CSI(s):
  • PR:
  • CSR(s):


J.K. McKee:

  • PI:
  • CSI(s):
  • PR:
  • CSR(s):


Peter Vest:

PI:
CSI(s):
PR:
CSR(s):

First Fruits of Zion:

  •  PI: 
  •  CSI(s):
  •  PR:
  •  CSR(s):


Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC: Dan Juster, Russ Resnik, Derek Leman, David Rudolph, etc):

  •  PI: 
  •  CSI(s):
  •  PR:
  •  CSR(s):


TOPIC 2:  Peter’s Argument Before the Council


Tim Hegg

  • Relevance of Peter’s Argument to the Issue(s) and Rule(s):
  • Relevance of “Yoke” to the Issue(s) and Rule(s):


J.K. McKee

  • Relevance of Peter’s Argument to the Issue(s) and Rule(s):
  • Relevance of “Yoke” to the Issue(s) and Rule(s):


Peter Vest

  • Relevance of Peter’s Argument to the Issue(s) and Rule(s):
  • Relevance of “Yoke” to the Issue(s) and Rule(s):


First Fruits of Zion

  • Relevance of Peter’s Argument to the Issue(s) and Rule(s):
  • Relevance of “Yoke” to the Issue(s) and Rule(s):


Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations

  • Relevance of Peter’s Argument to the Issue(s) and Rule(s):
  • Relevance of “Yoke” to the Issue(s) and Rule(s):


TOPIC 3:  James’ Speech


Tim Hegg

  • Relevance of Inclusionary Prophetic References to Issue(s) and Rule(s) (e.g. Gezerah Shavah of Inclusionary Prophetic Passages; “People for His Name”; “Tent of David”):
  • Relevance of Fourfold Decree to Issue(s) and Rule(s)
  • Relevance of Dicta in 15:21 to Issue(s) and Rule(s)


J.K. McKee

  • Relevance of Inclusionary Prophetic References to Issue(s) and Rule(s) (e.g. Gezerah Shavah of         Inclusionary Prophetic Passages; “People for His Name”; “Tent of David”):
  • Relevance of Fourfold Decree to Issue(s) and Rule(s)
  • Relevance of Dicta in 15:21 to Issue(s) and Rule(s)


Peter Vest

  • Relevance of Inclusionary Prophetic References to Issue(s) and Rule(s) (e.g. Gezerah Shavah of Inclusionary Prophetic Passages; “People for His Name”; “Tent of David”):
  • Relevance of Fourfold Decree to Issue(s) and Rule(s)
  • Relevance of Dicta in 15:21 to Issue(s) and Rule(s)


First Fruits of Zion

  • Relevance of Inclusionary Prophetic References to Issue(s) and Rule(s) (e.g. Gezerah Shavah of Inclusionary Prophetic Passages; “People for His Name”; “Tent of David”):
  • Relevance of Fourfold Decree to Issue(s) and Rule(s)
  • Relevance of Dicta in 15:21 to Issue(s) and Rule(s)


UMJC

  • Relevance of Inclusionary Prophetic References to Issue(s) and Rule(s) (e.g. Gezerah Shavah of Inclusionary Prophetic Passages; “People for His Name”; “Tent of David”):
  • Relevance of Fourfold Decree to Issue(s) and Rule(s)
  • Relevance of Dicta in 15:21 to Issue(s) and Rule(s)



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