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Justice, Spirituality & Education Journal

Abstract

This literature review identifies ethnic diversity and reconciliation as a consistent theme throughout the book of Acts and explores some of the sociological, educational, and theological factors that help identify reconciliation as a ministry of the early church. This meta-analysis explores foundational concepts that develop an understanding of biblical reconciliation, examines the concept of “ethnicity” as it arises out of the biblical text, and describes the historical context and backdrop of the time of Jesus and the early church. After having established these concepts, the author will walk through the book of Acts, processing the various narratives with these concepts, in the mix of biblical exegesis, considering how reconciliation, inclusiveness, and social justice are part of the Spirit’s work in each of our lives as we influence our homes, churches, schools, and communities.

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