“The charistmatic gifts in the Acts of Paul: second century trends” (pdf), by P. W. Dunn
I presented this paper at the 29th annual meeting of the Society of Pentecostal Studies (March 16-18, 2000) at my own alma mater Northwest College (now Northwest University), Kirkland, WA. While the Acts of Paul is an unreliable biography of Paul, it nevertheless remains a valuable source for the beliefs and practices of the second-century church. I wrote: “Where contemporary sources corroborate this portrayal [of the Christian life from a second century perspective], we are likely standing on firm ground when trying to ascertain trends in the second-century church.” The two most notable trends in the Acts of Paul are the connections of the charismatic gifts with sexual continence and with martyrdom. The portrayal of women prophets speaking freely in the church assembly suggests both an ignorance of 1 Corinthians 14.34-35 and a date for Acts of Paul before the Montanist crisis.