Posted by: mattcolvin | June 25, 2007

Feet in Acts 5

Acts 5 – Another nice little touch in the story of Ananias and Sapphira: the husband sold his field and pilfered the money, with his wife aware of it (συνειδυίης καὶ τῆς γυναικός). Later, when Ananias has already been struck dead, we are told that Sapphira showed up “unaware of what had happened” (μὴ εἰδυῖα τὸ γεγονὸς). I’ve earlier noted this story’s virtually cinematic focus on the feet of the apostles, which is where all the action transpires: Barnabas’ money, then Ananias’ money, then Ananias’ body, then Sapphira’s. It’s as though the “camera” stays at ankle level the whole time, even panning over to the door, where “the feet of those who buried your husband” appear, with ‘cello chords accompanying.

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