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Q&A#152 The Trials of Paul

Alastair Roberts

Q&A#152 The Trials of Paul

October 3, 2019
Alastair Roberts
Alastair Roberts

Today's question: "I am wondering what you think about Luke's purpose in dedicating so much of his writings at the back end of the book of Acts to the legal proceedings involving Paul. What is he wanting to highlight by giving essentially a quarter of the book (chapters 21-28) to the details around these matters, including a very detailed account of the shipwreck (cf. Acts 27). One thought could be that Luke wants us to see Paul in the strain of the OT prophets. Similar to Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc. Luke shows Paul speaking truth to power, and repeats his calling moment (Damascus Rd experience) twice more in these final chapters. Is that it or is there more to it."

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