Keys to the Gate Beautiful (Acts 3:1-10)

Strelan, Rick (2001) Keys to the Gate Beautiful (Acts 3:1-10). Journal of Biblical Studies, 1 3: .

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Author Strelan, Rick
Title Keys to the Gate Beautiful (Acts 3:1-10)
Journal name Journal of Biblical Studies
ISSN 1534-3057
Publication date 2001-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 1
Issue 3
Total pages 23
Subject 440204 Christian Theology (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Abstract I offer a new approach to interpreting the Beautiful Gate of Acts 3:1-10. I argue that the adjective is better understood to indicate ripeness rather than beauty. Since ripe fruit was carried to the temple for the Feast of Tabernacles, I suggest that the gate was so named because pilgrims carried ripe fruit through it on their way into the Temple. I also suggest that the Feast of Tabernacles provides a suitable lens through which to read Acts 3:1-10, and that the Hallel Psalms, set for recitation at Tabernacles, provide a key to understanding the narrative.
Keyword Temple gates
Acts of the Apostles
Gate Beautiful
Jewish festivals
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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