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Paul’s ecstatic trance experience near Damascus in Acts of the Apostles

John J. Pilch
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 2 | a560 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i2.560 | © 2002 John J. Pilch | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2002 | Published: 17 December 2002

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John J. Pilch, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Luke reports more than twenty altered states of consciousness experiences in Acts of the Apostles. These  are common and normal human experiences in approximately ninety percent of contemporary cultures.    In the ancient Circum-Mediterranean world, it seems to have been common and normal in about eighty percent  of  those  cultures. Insights from psychological anthropology, cultural anthropology and cognitive neuroscience contribute to an improved understanding
and interpretation of these experiences in the Bible, particularly the call of Paul as reported in Acts 9; 22; 26.


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