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The Spirit descends upon the apostles who are gathered in prayer and miraculously communicates God's Word to a radically diverse assembly, resulting in the conversion of thousands. However, through closer scrutiny such simple conclusions are frustrated.
Pervo, in his commentary on the Book of Acts, rightly observes that Pentecost is the most titillating and least comprehensible episode in Acts, noting, "The story collapses at the slightest breeze.
For instance, scholars are at a loss to make sense of Luke's wonky list of Pentecost observers gathered in Jerusalem -- a motley patchwork of Elamites, Cretans, and Arabs sewn together with folks from Egypt, Lybia, and Rome! The list seems to come undone; it unravels even as Luke stiches together this devout assembly of nations ethnoi.
Some have tried to hold the list together spatially, as a geographical configuration from East to West Fitzmyer or according to compass points with Jerusalem at the center Gaventa. Others read these verses as a Lukan gloss on an existing list Barrettor as a political situation of an earlier time Conzelmann.
And for others still, these verses are described as "odd" Marshall or "problematic" Pervo. The fairest approach might be simply that "hypotheses abound, but none can be proven" Johnson.
What is clear is that the way in which commentators construe verses -- labeled the "table of nations" by scholars -- tips each writer's hand as to his or her interpretative approach to Acts. Scholars with a narrative slant account for these verses literarily.
Luke Timothy Johnson, for example, argues that the Pentecost narrative is a Lukan narrative device directed more to the readers than the Diaspora Jews in Jerusalem. All of these approaches have their merits and as preachers it is incumbent upon us to learn all we can from these methods of interpretation.
But for me, these approaches don't preach, as we like to say. I find the absurdity of the list theologically significant. In fact, Pervo's statement about breezes is particularly apropos, for indeed it is the rushing wind of the Spirit being poured out upon the gathered faithful at Jerusalem that collapses -- I prefer the word, deconstructs -- a certain "story" and thereby allows a new story to shine through.
What if Luke's intention in today's lection is to break apart a theology that is wrapped up in ethnic identity? What if he has crafted this "table of nations" to weaken the prevailing ethnic infrastructure so that a new foundation might burst forth according to Luke's theological vision, a vision that transcends facile ethnic divisions without forsaking the importance of ethnic identity?
What if we are catching a glimpse of God's bigger vision for God's people? Returning to the list of nations represented among the Pentecost observers, the construction is most tenuous. Consider, the inclusion of the archaic duo of the Medes and Elamites. The Elamites were nearly wiped out by the Assyrians in B.
As a distinct ethnic group, the Medes had been extinct for over five-hundred years! Bruce notes that the Parthenian, Medic, and Elamite regions housed descendants of the ten tribes of Israel and members of the two tribes who did not return from exile.
I believe that Luke's list is a theological response to the apostles' question in 1: Now the Holy Spirit has indeed come and the apostles' hopes for a renewed Israel are expanded beyond the apostles' limited scope of vision.
The outpouring of the Spirit is far greater than any had expected. As Peter's sermon proclaims, God's Spirit shall be poured out upon all flesh and everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. Luke is casting particular ethno-religious concerns in a universal vision for the restoration of all people.
We, with the apostles and gathered believers, now understand the significance of Jesus' instructions that they wait in Jerusalem. The fullness of time coincided with the day of Pentecost, when the Jews of the eschatological diaspora were gathered together in one place to disseminate the miraculous events to the entire world.This is a very complete and extensive reference and training book for using and creating traditional patchwork blocks.
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