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“Your sons and your daughters will prophesy . . .”: Pairings of men and women in Luke-acts

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Luke-Acts, especially the Gospel, contains multiple references to women, particularly women paired with men. A phenomenon that stands out, especially in the Gospel, is the frequent pairing of men and women. This chapter points out that to some extent both of the usual positions depend upon comparing Luke-Acts to external standards. The results of scholarly efforts to understand the pairing of women and men in Luke-Acts have been basically two-dimensional, namely, the dimension of sociological perspectives or the dimension of the hermeneutic of suspicion. There is a third dimension that has been overlooked: that is, interpreting Luke?s pairing of men and women in the context of his own explicit theological agenda. Given Luke?s significant interest in the fulfillment of the prophecies concerning the restoration of the people of God, there is a theological rationale here for much of his interest in pairing women and men.

Keywords: gospel; hermeneutic of suspicion; Luke-Acts; men and women; pairing; people of God; prophecies; Sociological perspectives



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