Jeremy L. Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School at TCU, Fort Worth, TX. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University with a dissertation entitled “Making Criminals: The Rhetoric of Criminality in Acts of the Apostles.” He received his M.Div. from Yale University and his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. He is an ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and has served as a lead pastor.
Lydia does not need a man or any other figure of authority to speak for her or to dictate her life. She is her own agent and even Luke-Acts’ Paul has to respect that. She cares for her own, commits to seeking justice, and makes her own choices.