The Missionary Character of Paul's Stay on Malta (Acts 28: 1–10) According to the Early Church

Ronald H. Van Der Bergh
2013 Journal of Early Christian History  
Paul's apparent lack of preaching to the inhabitants of Malta in Acts 28:1-10 and his seeming indifference to being called 'a god' form a stark contrast to his usual missionary pattern in the narrative of Acts, possibly showing a lack of evangelistic concern among the 'barbarian' population of the island. This article investigates the reception of Acts 28:1-10 in the writings of the Greek-and Latin speaking church (up to the end of the fi fth century) to determine whether Paul's behaviour in
more » ... l's behaviour in Acts 28:1-10 was considered to be missionary in character. This proves to be the case, although the missionary nature of his actions is substantiated in a variety of ways.
doi:10.1080/2222582x.2013.11877277 fatcat:gkgpuqlpqnfyfciq4ydcwuyz3y