Paul the Reluctant Witness

Paul the Reluctant Witness

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In this stimulating analysis, Shipp provides the reader with an introduction and critique of literary-rhetorical analysis as well as an in-depth treatment of the triple account of Paul's Damascus Road experience in Acts.
"Luke used the repetition of the Damascus narrative as a literary device identifying Pauline disobedience and resistance and the transformation of these characteristics. With the first Damascus narrative, Luke provided the reader with a paradigmatic image of resistance transformed. . . . Luke used the Damascus narratives and these themes to bracket the Paulusbild, fashioning the trial narrative into an extended period of transformation of Pauline resistance. Beginning in 19:21, Paul resisted the leading of the Holy Spirit and his appointed location of witness. He was an intentionally forceful actor resisting God. God bound this intentionally forceful actor in chains. In this opening scene of the Paulusbild Luke included the second Damascus narrative (21:33--22:24a). The themes emphasized in the narrative were those of Saul intentionally resisting gospel expansion and God's subsequent overcoming of Saul. Saul was physically restored through Ananias but not fully transformed. He is not yet an empowered and intentionally forceful witness. At the end of the Paulusbild, as Paul is headed to Rome, Luke included the final Damascus narrative (25:23--26:32). Paul was headed to Rome, but not in the freedom intended by God. He remained in chains because of his own actions. Thus, his character was one of tension. The Damascus narrative that Luke included demonstrates Saul's intentionally forceful resistance to the gospel. However, the vacating of power and overcoming of Saul is suppressed, and the theme of the transformation of resistance to empowered witness is emphasized. Nonetheless, the character of Saul in the speech does not match the character of Paul in the narrative. Tension remains, but the projected direction of transformation is evident. Paul is headed to Rome. The 'vision of grace' has effected a transformation in Saul but not yet in Paul. If the trajectory of transformation continues, then Paul should once again be an intentionally forceful, empowered witness for the gospel when he arrives in Rome."
--from Chapter 5

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Paul the Reluctant Witness
Paul the Reluctant Witness Power and Weakness in Luke’s Portrayal
Blake Shipp
PAUL THE RELUCTANT WITNESS Power and Weakness in Luke’s Portrayal
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ISBN: 1-59752-400-X
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Shipp, Blake Paul the reluctant witness: power and weakness in Luke’s portrayal / Blake Shipp
 p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references. ISBN: 1-59752-400-X
1. Bible. N.T. Acts—Criticism, interpretation, etc. 2. Bible. N.T. Acts—Language, style. 3. Paul, the Apostle, Saint. I. Title.
BS2506 .S54 2005
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
List of Figures
List of Tables
Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Contents
1. Luke and the Multiple Damascus Accounts
2. Saul, the Overcome and Empowered Enemy
3. Paul, the Overcome Witness
4. Paul the Witness
5. Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
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Figures
1. The Lukan Paradigm for Saul’s Character Transformation
2. The Interrupted Transformation of Paul’s Character
3. The Projected Transformation of Paul’s Character
4. The Lukan Literary Use of the Damascus Narrative
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Tables
1. The Overcome Saul (Acts 9:1-9)
2. God and Ananias (Acts 9:10-16)
3. The Restored Saul (Acts 9:17-19a)
4. Saul the Empowered Witness (Acts 9:19b-26a)
5. Paul in Chains (Acts 21:33-40; 22:2)
6. Paul Remains in Chains (Acts 22:22-24a)
7. Saul the Persecutor (Acts 22:4-11)
8. Saul and Ananias (Acts 22:12-16)
9. Saul the Resistant Witness (Acts 22: 17-21)
10. Paul before Agrippa (Acts 25:23—26:1)
11. Paul the Ineffective Witness (Acts 26:24-32)
12. Saul, the Overcome Persecutor (Acts 26:9-18)
13. Saul, the Obedient Witness (Acts 26:19-21)
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