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The Ambiguous Oracle: narrative configuration in Acts

Bale, Alan (2011) The Ambiguous Oracle: narrative configuration in Acts. New Testament Studies, 57 (4). pp. 530-546. ISSN 0028-6885

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Identification Number/DOI: 10.1017/S0028688511000130

This paper outlines the way in which a plot-device, which for the sake of convenience we shall call the ‘ambiguous oracle’ in Acts 1.6–8, controls and influences the narrative, creating coherence and enabling interpretation. The paper begins by looking at the current interpretation of the verses, and argues that it is not sufficient to explain the narrative configuration at various points, before going on to suggest an alternative interpretation, in which the misinterpretation of the oracle by the Apostles leads to the fulfillment of the Divine will. This interpretation finds strong support in literature contemporary to Acts.

Type of Work:Article
Date:05 September 2011 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion
Keywords:ambiguous oracle; Jewish mission; Paul; Acts; narrative configuration
Subjects:BR Christianity
BS The Bible
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Cambridge University Press
ID Code:773
Refereed:YES
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