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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Reversal Motifs in the Acts of the Apostles

The natural question would be, after reading about reversals motifs in the Gospel of Luke, are there any reversal motifs in Acts? There are three prison deliverances [5:19-21, 23; 12:1-11; 16:23-24] in which God miraculously releases the Apostles or Paul and Silas.

The summary statement, contained in Acts 14:22 about the first missionary journal of Paul, is notable of the descent-ascent form of reversal that Luke has presented numerous times throughout Luke-Acts. Luke describes how “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom.” The fact that a series of trials leads to a singular entry into the kingdom (basileia) certainly suggests that Luke intends the reversals and the kingdom to be understood in the eschatological sense.

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