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Title: Vier Gestalten einer Totenerweckungserzählung (1 Kön 17,17-24; 2 Kön 4,8-37; Apg 9,36-42; Apg 20,7-12)
Author(s): STIPP, Hermann-Josef
Volume: 80 Issue: 1 Date: 1999
The four successive versions of the story of the raising from the dead in 2 Kgs 4,8-37; 1 Kgs 17,17-24; Acts 9,36-42 and Acts 20,7-12 are very differently constructed narratives, tailored to diverse aims. The Elisha version organises the material as a man of God's struggle to be believed and draws from it a subtle lesson on the relationship between God and man, which shows itself in the figure of the professional mediator. The Elijah version on the contrary emphasises the sovereignty of the wonder worker and so demonstrates the superiority of Elijah over his successor. The Peter version assimilates the wonder worker to the example of Jesus and severs the connection between service and reward. In the Paul version, the raising from the dead exemplifies the saving event of the Eucharistic celebration. These diverse formulations show striking connections between narrative and theological complexity.