“Converting to the God of the Christians was not merely an adjustment of this or that aspect of an otherwise unaltered basic cultural pattern; rather, worshiping the God of the Christians simultaneously involved an extraction or removal from constitutive aspects of pagan culture (e.g., sacrifice to the gods) and a concomitant cultural profile that rendered Christians identifiable as a “group” by outsiders. Yet the practices that created this cultural profile were themselves dependent upon the identity of God. Christian ecclesial life, in other words, was the cultural explication of God’s identity.” (246)
C. Kavin Rowe, “The Book of Acts and the Cultural Explication of the Identity of God,” from The Word Leaps the Gap: Essays on Scripture and Theology in honor of Richard B. Hays
n., the set of behavioral or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable as a member of a group.
[French identité, from Old French identite, from Late Latin identitās, from Latin idem, the same from id, it (cf., essentitās, being)]
adj., existing or occurring together; associative
[Late Latin concomitāns, accompanying; (cf., comes, companion)]