n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Narrative perspective in Acts 4:23-31

Volume 90, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



The communal prayer of Acts 4:23-31 is read from its narrative perspective. The narrator presents the prayer as a verbatim account of what was originally said. He interprets the events before and following the prayer as predetermined by God in Psalm 2. A master narrative governing the progress of history, as proceeding from a period of prophecy to that of fulfilment is propagated. God is portrayed as using human mouths to speak God's words, and to intervene in history through signs and miracles. It is concluded that the narrative perspective be viewed with suspicion, opening up new and exciting possibilities to confront our own mortality and find meaning in life.

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