Ein Ratschluss Gottes oder von Menschen?

Beobachtungen zur narrativen Entfaltung der lukanischen Vorsehungstheologie in Apg 5,17-42

A Plan of God or of Humans?

Observations on the Narrative Development of the Lucan Concept of Providence in Acts 5,17-42
In: Novum Testamentum
Daniel Lanzinger Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn Germany

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This article takes Gamaliel’s speech in Acts 5:34-39 as a test case for Luke’s use of dramatic irony, which is defined as a difference in either knowledge or comprehension between an intradiegetic narrator and the extradiegetic recipients. It is argued that the author applies this narrative tool in a very complex way to elaborate his theology of providence: Even though Gamaliel proposes the distinction between divine and human plans and activities, he does not fully grasp the meaning of his words. This encourages the readers to evaluate Gamaliel’s statement on the basis of Luke’s narrative. Hence, they are able to conclude that from a divine point of view a human action opposing God’s plan cannot actually exist because God has already foreseen this action.

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