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Spirituelle Einsicht und geistliche Blindheit. Die Stephanusvision und Test Hiob 52

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Among epiphanies of the risen Christ in Acts, the appearance to Stephen has special significance as the only Christophany in which there is no audible sound and no commission to the visionary. The weight of the event rests solely upon what is seen. It is not surprising, therefore, that in its interpretation of Acts 7:54–60 exegetical research concentrates on the content of the vision: in particular, what it means that Stephen sees the Son of Man standing, as opposed to sitting, at God's right hand. The present study is not in competition with these interpretations. Rather, it attempts to complement previous research by taking up a prior question. It begins, not with the question about the standing Son of Man, but with the question of how Stephen is capable of a glimpse into the open celestial universe at all. The essay argues that this prior question is key to understanding the vision's content and that its answer lies in the report of the vision of Job's daughters in T. Job 52, an early Jewish parallel with clear consequences for our understanding of this vision in Acts. – 1Clare K. Rothschild

Language: German

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2012-12-01

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  • The journal is concerned with early Christianity as a historical phenomenon. Thereby, Early Christianity aims to overcome certain limitations which have hindered the development of the discipline, including the concept of the "New Testament" itself. The journal, then, is taken to cover not only the first Christian century but also the second.

    This journal will not, however, give any special prominence to reception-history or to the second century. The total phenomenon called "early Christianity" comprises a kaleidoscopic range of individual phenomena, including communal structures, social norms, discursive practices, points of conflict, material remains, and much else – far more than just the production and reception of texts. This journal will strive to reflect this multiplicity of contexts, in the expectation of new light on our subject-matter from a variety of angles.

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