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Buried by His Enemies? Acts 13:28–31

O'Collins, Gerald (2019) Buried by His Enemies? Acts 13:28–31. The Expository Times, 130 (9). pp. 399-403. ISSN 0014-5246

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Paul’s address in Pisidian Antioch seems to differ from Luke 23:50–6 by attributing to those responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion his deposition from the cross and burial in a tomb (Acts 13:27–31). In his major commentary on Luke, François Bovon argued that ‘Jews hostile to Jesus and not a friendly Joseph of Arimathea buried the crucified one. The tradition [in Acts 13] must be older and historically more reliable than the data of the Gospels.’ Pace Bovon, this comment ignored the generic/generalizing usage of the plural. Concerned more with the actions than with the precise agents, Acts attributes to a vague ‘they’ not only Jesus’ condemnation and crucifixion but also his deposition from the cross and burial in a tomb. These four actions correspond exactly to what we read in Luke’s passion narrative. Furthermore, rather than recalling an older tradition, the verses in Acts are a Lukan summary, which contrasted the divine reversal of resurrection with the human sentence that brought Jesus to his death and burial.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Acts, Bovon, burial, deposition from the cross, Luke’s Gospel, summary, tradition
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: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2019 05:22
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2019 05:22
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3779

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