4623Re: [John_Lit] Acts 7 speech and 4G convergences?
- Apr 14, 2004Acts 7 speech and 4G convergences?
> Is anyone on list aware of convergences between Stephen's speech inIf I am correct in my hypothesis that 4G is best understood as a 'Wisdom
> Acts 7 and 4G? These could be structural, thematic, verbal, whatever.
> If anyone is aware of such convergences, could you be so kind as to
> recommend some authors who have dealt with these?
> Thank you,
Gospel' then Acts 6:3 taken with Acts 7:9 may be of significance, perhaps
related to the Spirit or else the 'Spirit of Wisdom' (cf.. Wisdom 10:13-14.
If there is Josephian typology in all four Gospels (Bread and Wine // Baker
and Butler, perhaps with Joseph and Jesus as suffering servant types), then
there may be a link between Acts 7:14-16 and John 20:15. There is also the
shared theme of 'glory' (cf. Acts 7:2), Moses; antipathy towards the
Jerusalem Temple; emphasis on 'tabernacle' (Johannine Prologue // Acts
7:49-50 etc.); merkavah mysticism (Acts 7:56 and John 1:51; 12:28, 41). I
would argue that there is also a link with 1 Corinthians and that the common
source is the Palestinian Greek Christians who provided much of the source
material adopted and adapated by Luke. This would account for the gematria
underlying Peter's Speech in Acts 2:14b-36 with a count of 888, two halves
of 444, Iesous Christos (Iesous 27 x 37 + Christos 40 x 37), the split
occuring between "..you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside
the law /// but God raised him up." Incidentally I suppose 4G and Acts 7
share the common charge of being anti-semitic, (from which I believe they
should both be aquitted).
I am afraid I know of no competent numerical analysis of Stephen's Speech
and have yet to have a go at it myself. On the Fourth Gospel, A. Q. Morton
and J. McLeman, The Genesis of John, St Andrew's Press,(1980), make a superb
job of arguing that the original (autograph) text of John was in codex form.
I note with interest that they also mention that there would have been 28
lines to a page (28 is a perfect number, that is the sum of its divisors,
but also the seventh triangular number, cf. R. Bauckham, Climax of Prophecy,
384 ff on the significance of triangle numbers of which Genesis 1:1 is the
major example), 28 being the number of times Lamb is referred to in the
Apocalypse cf R. Bauckham, Theology of Revelation, CUP, 66; they also argue
that the number of letters per line would have been 21, combining the
numbers 3 and 7 (perhaps relating to the genmatria of chokmah 37 but also 73
and Logos 373). Morton and McLeman's findings appear to be little known
outside Scotland, but I find them well argued and particularly interesting
to me because they do not mention analysis by gematria at all, but are
rather concerned with Johannine source analysis along the lines of Robert
Fortna. They build on the work of Prof. G.H.C. Macgregor and the data
analysis tools of Prof. Sidney Micholson. I think it is a great pity their
book is not better known in Europe, S.E. Asia, and other centres of
I trust these comments will be af assistance to you.
Bill Bullin (Private Student, East Sussex).
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