Recognising the gods (Acts 14:8-10)

Strelan, Rick (2000) Recognising the gods (Acts 14:8-10). New Testament Studies, 46 4: 488-503. doi:10.1017/S002868850000028X


Author Strelan, Rick
Title Recognising the gods (Acts 14:8-10)
Journal name New Testament Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0028-6885
1469-8145
Publication date 2000-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S002868850000028X
Volume 46
Issue 4
Start page 488
End page 503
Total pages 16
Place of publication Cambridge, U.K.
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject C1
440204 Christian Theology (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
750499 Religion and ethics not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
Little attention is given to the stare and the loud voice of Paul in the healing of the cripple in Acts 14.8–10. This article examines these two actions and suggests that far from being incidental in the narrative they help to explain how the Lystrans recognized that ‘the gods have come down’ in Paul and Barnabas. In both Graeco-Roman texts and in Jewish literature, the stare and the loud voice are indicators of the action or presence of the gods. In addition, the command ‘arise’ is commonly given by divine beings in Jewish texts.
© 2000 Cambridge University Press
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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