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Paul’S Dream-Vision At Troas (Acts 16:6–10)

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This chapter will linger over the human interpretations and decisions in the passage and in the broader narrative context. The point of this analysis is not to suggest that Paul’s interpretation of the vision is incorrect, but to examine the way human decisions and interpretations play out in this portion of Luke’s narrative. Finally, the theological implications of such a reading will be considered. The chapter emphasizes the underwhelming nature of the mission in Macedonia. The point is not whether the characters interpret Paul’s dream-vision experience correctly. The point is that they have to interpret Paul’s experience. This portion of Luke’s narrative describes distinctly human elements of the early church and its development, and it invites the reader to pay closer attention to other passages in the Lukan narrative that may also emphasize human perception of God’s will, especially when that perception is related to visionary encounters.

Keywords: Acts 16:6–10; dream-vision; human decisions; Luke’s narrative; Paul’s experience; Troas; visionary encounters



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