Peter’s Vision of Unclean Animals

The Jesus Memoirs

Peter is credited with inaugurating the “Gentile mission” when he evangelized the centurion Cornelius and the people gathered in his household in Caesarea (cf. Acts 10-11). Before Peter met with Cornelius, he had a vision where he was commanded three times to eat the unclean animals that were lowered on a sheet from heaven. The primary message of the vision is about welcoming non-Jewish persons into the fold of the Jesus community. However, some scholars also understand the vision to deal with questions about mixed table fellowship between Jewish and non-Jewish individuals, confronting Peter’s assumption that it was even unlawful to visit Cornelius at his house in 10:28. I came across an older post by Michael Bird that lists several texts attesting to a range of attitudes over “Jews eating with Gentiles” and a few other texts are added in the comments. I would only add a few…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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