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This chapter has been inductive in nature, looking broadly at the relationship between dream-visions and the perception of God's will in Luke-Acts. It remains, therefore, to sketch some of the implications of this investigation and to suggest some possibilities for future research. The chapter discusses the importance of dream-visions for understanding Luke’s theology and anthropology for understanding the interaction between the divine and the human in Luke-Acts. The chapter suggests two interrelated conclusions. First, ancient texts featuring dream-visions must be evaluated on an individual basis to determine whether and to what extent they support the idea that dream-visions are revelatory. Second, all such texts should be read with both the positive and negative evaluations of dream-visions in the broader culture in mind. The study of dream-visions in antiquity is impeded by an unnecessary dearth of resources. Finally, this chapter also touches on questions pertaining to the rhetoric of revelation.

Keywords: dearth of resources; dream-visions; Luke-Acts; Paul’s vision; perception of God’s will; rhetoric of revelation

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