Jul 15, 2009

Gaventa on Paul’s Conversion

Though I cannot endorse all aspects of Beverly Gaventa’s
From Darkness to Light, I think that the following summary concerning Paul’s conversion in Acts is helpful.

“Although Paul is not a paradigmatic convert, there are certain assumptions operative in Luke’s narrative that are important to not: (1) Paul’s conversion results from divine initiative; (2) conversion is not an end to itself but a means to growth of the gospel; (3) the narratives we have examined treat and individual conversion in order to savor the experience but always in order to witness.”

Beverly Roberts Gaventa, From Darkness to Light: Aspects of Conversion in the New Testament (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986), 92.

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