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Pointing the Bone’: Sorcery Syndrome and Uncanny Death in Acts 5:1-11

King, Fergus J. (2012) Pointing the Bone’: Sorcery Syndrome and Uncanny Death in Acts 5:1-11. Irish Biblical Studies, 30 (1). pp. 12-34. ISSN 0268-6112

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    The story of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11) has long vexed commentators, particularly because their fate appears excessively severe. This episode should be considered against the background of sorcery syndrome and uncanny death which inform the world of Luke -Acts. From this foundation the treatment of Ananias and Sapphira has the hallmarks of an episode in which the wielding of authority by a figure gifted with spiritual power leads to the uncanny deaths of the accused. As such this story raises several questions about the idealisation of the new community in Acts.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): sorcery syndrome, uncanny deaths, Luke-Acts, Ananias, Sapphira
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): B - Biblical Studies, general
    Association with University of Divinity: TRC: Trinity College
    Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
    Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 15:44
    Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 15:44
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2054

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