'THE CHRIST MUST SUFFER': NEW LIGHT ON THE JESUS-PETER, STEPHEN, PAUL PARALLELS IN LUKE-ACTS by DAVID P. MOESSNER Decatur, GA The strikingly similar features of the central characters in Acts and Jesus in the Gospel of Luke have long been the subject of in- terest.' That Peter and especially Paul perform the same type of healings (Luke 5:17-26-Acts 3:1-10; 14:8-18), raise people from the dead (Luke 7:11-17; 8:40-56-Acts 9:36-43; 20:7-12), preach repentance to Jew and Gentile alike (Luke 24:44-48-Acts 10; 17:16-33), and suffer shame and rejection by their own folk (Luke 22:47-23:49-Acts 4:1-22; 21:27-22:2 9)2 in imitation and in the "the name"3 of their Master have raised fundamental questions concerning Luke's primary literary and theological aims in conti- nuing the 6 1tpw'toç X6yoq of Jesus' deeds and teaching in the "se- cond word" of the Acts (Acts 1:1). Stephen, too, in the remarkable parallels between his death and Jesus' passion has generated fascination among critical scholars, though his position within the wider ranging Peter-Paul parallels has often escaped attention.4 In Part I we shall present a brief overview of critical treatment of these parallels and suggest a historical perspective which comprehends Stephen along with Peter and Paul and
Novum Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1986
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