Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (Christian Scripture) - MA (CSc)

Department

Theology

First Advisor

Robert W. Wall, Th.D., Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies

Keywords

Bible Acts xx 6-12

Abstract

The story of Paul's visit to Troas and the healing of the deceased boy Eutychus, Acts 20:6-12, significantly furthers the Lukan apology for Pauline authority, therefore playing a key role in the narrative world of Acts as well as in Acts' performance as Scripture. It has not often been asked how or why this might be true: how the text fits into the Lukan narrative and why it is important in this literary setting. An examination of this question will be presented below. This paper will observe, first, the Lukan portrait of Paul's authority in Acts and, second, the way Acts 20:6-12 fits into this portrait. The short story of Eutychus is an important piece of Luke's defense of Paul. By highlighting Paul's Jewishness, his connection to the story of Jesus, his authority to teach, and his role in the Christian community, the text emphasizes Paul's legitimacy as an authoritative prophetic figure.

Comments

For the published version of this thesis, see Julie A. Glavic, "Eutychus in Acts and in the Church: The Narrative Significance of Acts 20:6-12," Bulletin for Biblical Research 24, no. 2 (2014): 179-206.

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