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My Chosen Instrument: The Characterisation of Paul in Acts 7:58Ė15:41
Macnamara, Luke

Rome: Gregorian & Biblical Press, 2016 pp. xviii + 496. Ä32.00

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Analecta Biblica, 215


Description: This narrative study follows the first time reader who, while reading progressively through the Acts of the Apostles, constructs Paulís character from the time of his emergence up to the split with Barnabas (7:58-15:41). There are many surprises along the way, most notably the events at Damascus and the revelation of Paulís role as Jesusí chosen instrument. While there is some fulfilment of the reconfigured expectations, the reader notices significant delays, particularly in beginning the Gentile missions. This gap is employed productively to demonstrate the former persecutorís acceptance within the church, to prepare the conditions for a future Gentile mission and to show Paulís formation within the church under the tutelage of Barnabas. While there in more fulfilment during the missionary journey (Acts 13-14), there is a further prolonged pause at the Jerusalem meeting, which is again employed productively, confirming the Gentile mission and especially its chief protagonist, Paul. The study elicits an engaging and dynamic portrait of Paul.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Acts, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches

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Review by Steve Walton
Published 10/11/2018
Citation: Steve Walton, review of Luke Macnamara, My Chosen Instrument: The Characterisation of Paul in Acts 7:58Ė15:41, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


Review by Joshua W. Jipp
Published 9/5/2019
Citation: Joshua W. Jipp, review of Luke Macnamara, My Chosen Instrument: The Characterisation of Paul in Acts 7:58Ė15:41, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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