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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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Abstract

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: 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
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 05:44
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 05:44
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2054

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