Challenging post-crucifixion geopolitical oppression: Who said the African Diaspora was welcome to Israel let alone Christianity?

Authors: Quentin Stubbs*, Houston Community College
Topics: Bible Geography, Africa, Cultural Geography
Keywords: African Diaspora, Bible, Eunuch, Apostle, conversion, crucifixion
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 56
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The post-crucifixion era challenged local and regional geopolitical relations, cultural exchange, and religious conversion (voluntary and forced).  As Israel struggled internally with challenges to traditional Judaistic  beliefs (i.e. Christianity), it also struggled with how to address a new wave and spread of conversion to Christianity despite being under the tight grip of Rome.  Public preaching and teaching of the "Good News" were nearly forbidden practices in Israel.  With governors and local administrators enforcing anti-Christian policies and global socioeconomic oppression, how difficult was it for a foreigner, let alone an African sojourner, to come to Israel for commerce, knowledge transfer, and worship.  This study investigates the fascinating conversion of the African Eunuch by God through Phillip the disciple after the crucifixion (Acts 8). In the end, the decision to minister to and convert the Eunuch was not made by the Rome or Judaistic clergy. God chose when and how to open His doors to the African Eunuch, which symbolized invitations to all foreigners and Gentiles, a culture altering move that would permanently rattle Christianity inside and outside of Israel. 

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