Convinced that God had Called Us

Dreams, Visions, and the Perception of God's Will in Luke-Acts


Dream and vision scenes figure prominently in Luke-Acts. Following a discussion of methodology, historical background, and critical scholarship, this study provides a comprehensive examination of the dreams and visions in the Lukan narrative. Special attention is given to those scenes that feature significant interpretation by characters in the story (e.g., Zechariah and Mary [Luke 1-2], Saul’s/Paul’s conversion [Acts 9, 22, and 26], the Cornelius-Peter episode [Acts 10:1-11:18], and Paul’s dream at Troas [Acts 16:9-10]). While a number of studies have highlighted the importance of dreams and visions for Luke’s portrayal of God, the present study suggests that the human side of these visionary encounters is equally important. Just as Lukan dreams and visions depict God’s active involvement in the events of human history, they also depict God’s people attempting to perceive God’s will through these visionary encounters.

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Biographical Note

John Miller received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and serves as Assistant Professor of Religion at McMurry University. His recent publications include the critical apparatus for 4QMMT in the PTS Dead Sea Scrolls Project series, and "4QLXXLeva and Proto-Septuagint Studies: Reassessing Qumran Evidence for the UrtextTheory.” His current research focuses on early Jewish and Christian depictions of dreams and visions in relation to the concept of revelation.

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"The book will be welcomed by those scholars doing serious narrativecritical work in Luke/Acts... the treatment of the topic is comprehensive and rigorous." – James McConnell, in: Religious Studies Review , 2009


All those interested in Luke-Acts, biblical studies, and the study of dreams and visions in antiquity.


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