Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Kathryn Smith
November 21, 2001
"The Message Spreads - Acts 4:32-7:1"

I.   Social Bandits
A.   Definition: Peasants who have been repressed and separated from their land and village
1.   Not necessarily bad people
2.   Just trying to go through life and earn a living
B.   Due to excessive taxation or land confiscation
C.   Usually steal from elites
D.   Results of social upheaval
E.   Often occurs in occupied lands
F.   Limited to 15-40 members
G.   Often ineffective
H.   They were not hated but viewed with great popularity with the local populace