'Neither Male nor Female': The Ethiopian eunuch in acts 8.26-40
There is a widespread assumption in Acts' scholarship that the Ethiopian eunuch is an elite official who reflects Luke's larger interest in high-status individuals. Such an assumption, however, overlooks the inextricable connection between status, gender and ethnicity in the Greco-Roman world, and how the eunuch's repeated designation as 'the eunuch' would have affected his status in particular. This article thus problematises the depiction of the eunuch as an elite convert by contextualising the eunuch's identification as both a 'eunuch' and an 'Ethiopian'. Overall, the eunuch is an ambiguous figure who embodies the boundary-crossing nature of the gospel itself. © 2014 Cambridge University Press.
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