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In Acts 10:1–11:18 and 15:6–11, 14, the “God-fearing” centurion Cornelius (cf. 10:2, 4, 35) functions as a key figure in Acts for the divinely ordained transition of early Christian mission to non-Jewish target groups. A double revelation (Acts 10:3–6 and 9–16) leads Peter to preach in the house of Cornelius. The outpouring of the Spirit to the assembly, manifested in praise to God and speaking in tongues (Glossolalia), justifies on-the-spot baptism, also against later criticism (cf. 10:44–48; 11:15–18; 15:8f.). Luke takes this story to imply the…

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Haacker, Klaus, “Cornelius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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