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In order to determine the relationship between visions and the perception of God’s will in Luke-Acts, this chapter examines the ways in which characters respond to their visionary encounters. The author argues that Luke’s use of dream-visions resists simple categorization. As a prelude to this examination, it will be helpful to discuss some of the literary and theological questions that have shaped the present investigation. After sketching this background, the author will discuss how dream-visions are defined in the chapter, the methodology employed to examine Luke’s presentation of this phenomenon, and the content of the present investigation. The author has suggested a certain incompatibility or incongruity between some of the more complex aspects of narrative criticism and the narrative found in Luke-Acts, and has chosen what he regards as useful terminology for discussing the dream-visions in the Lukan narrative.

Keywords: dream-visions; God’s plan; Luke-Acts; narrative criticism; theological questions; Zechariah



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