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Acts 17:27 - "that they might feel after him and find ... "

Sjef van Tilborg
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 57, No 1/2 | a1847 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v57i1/2.1847 | © 2001 Sjef van Tilborg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 2001 | Published: 14 December 2001

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Sjef van Tilborg, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands Research Associate: Department of New Testament Studies University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to investigate the allusion to the possibility of touching God ψηλαϕάω in Paul's Areopagus speech (Acts 17:27). The article aims at assessing the Lukan notion of God's nearness in space and time. The Areopagus discourse is investigated against the background of its imbeddednes in the holistic context of Acts. God's nearness is studied in light of common Hellenistic parallel epiphanies. It focuses on dream types in Acts, epiphanies of Jesus, epiphanies of God, and in conclusion the expression ''filled with the Spirit".

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