• Saying Farewell: Paul’s Last Word to the Elders in Acts 20:18‒35

    Author(s):
    Paul B. Petersen
    Editor(s):
    Tom de Bruin (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    Spes Christiana (journal)
    Subject(s):
    Bible. Acts
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/dh89-b795
    Abstract:
    This article studies Paul’s farewell speech to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:18‒35. It has a unique role among the many speeches of Acts because of both its content and its position in the narrative progress of the book. In contrast to most other speeches in Acts, it is in-house; it is not spoken, for instance, for evangelistic purposes or as a legal defense. Further, it comes as the narrative depiction of Paul’s activities changes from presenting him as an evangelistic pioneer to an affirming pastor. The central theme of the speech is Christian leadership, and an analysis of its structure reveals the centrality of verse 28 which highlights the activities of the triune God. The thematic relation between these two themes, Christian leadership and the triune God, is then further explored with a view to their presence in the theology of Acts.
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    Scheduled
    Last Updated:
    2 months ago
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