oa Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Diakrinō and Jew-Gentile distinction in Acts 11:12

Volume 18, Issue 09
  • ISSN : 1996-8167



A textual analysis of the word in Acts 11:12 was undertaken to establish whether the verse contradicts the theory that Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus remain distinct in a theologically significant manner, as some English translations imply. The study finds no clear evidence in the text to sustain the translation that there is 'no distinction' between the two. in Acts 11:12 is very unlikely to denote distinction in the sense of differentiation, and even less likely to indicate wavering or doubting on account of the distinction which observant Jews like Peter made between fellow Jews and Gentiles. Instead, in this text is most likely intended to denote contestation or dispute: Peter was told to obey , not between Gentiles and Jews.

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