Abraham w Dziejach Apostolskich

Anna Kuśmirek

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/BPTh.2008.009


The Abraham motif plays a signi ni fic ic ant role in in the narrative construction in in Luke-Acts. Luke’s frequen t use of the Abraham material more than any other NT writin gs (Gospel of Luke – 15; Acts – 7 times). The memory of Abraham in Luke’s writin gs rec alls not only the story of Abraham in in Gene ene ene sis but also a ric ic h tradition embedded in others OT Scriptures and the lite rature of Se cond Temple period. The signi ni fic ic ance nce nce of God’s promise to Abraham and the subsequen en t deleliverances of Israelel according to that promise show not only continuity among communities of Israel in the different times and places, but also the anticipation of the ult imate, especiall y, eschatological fulfill ment of the promise. The promise-fulfillmen en t motif, then, en, en, is not limited to a sin in gle predic ic tion or
predic ic tions, but rather fundamen en tally characterize ize ize s God’s plan of salvation for Israelel and for the nations, which is firmly based upon his ete rnal covenant promise made to the patriarchs. The artic le has ex ex amine ine ine d tex ex ts containin inin inin inin g direc ec t reference ence ence ence s,
allusions, and ec ec hoes of the Abraham motif in in Acts (3:13.25; 7:2.16-17. 32; 13:26). Abraham is ex plici tly men tione d only in three speec hes in Acts, the fact that those speec eec eec hes of Pe Pe ter (3:12-26), ), Stephen en (Acts 7:2-53), ), and Paul (Acts 13:16b-47) are the three most important speec hes in Acts in dic ates the signi ficance of the Abraham motif. These three spee ches bring out not only the national aspect of the Abrahamic covenant but also the universal aspect. By adopting the patte rn found in the Abraham narrative in Ge nesis, which progresses from a national coven ant blessin g to a uni versal one, Luke establishes contin uity bet wee n the past, present, and future as well as continuity bet wee n Israel and the Gen tiles as one people of God in God’s plan of salvation. As the narrative develops in in Acts from Israel to nations, the mission of the disci ci ples ex ex pands to the GeGentileles and their salvation is viewed as a fulfillment of Abrahamic blelessings to the nations.

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