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Title: 'Das ganze Volk sah die Stimmen...'
Subtitle: Haggadische Auslesung und Pfingstbericht
Author(s): NEUDECKER, Reinhard
Volume: 78 Issue: 3 Date: 1997
The Hebrew text of Exod 28,18a says, 'All the people saw the voices'. It does not say, 'heard the voice'. This paradox gave rise to a great number of rabbinic interpretations which can be considered parallels to the Pentecost account in the Acts of the Apostles. Probably all these rabbinic interpretations are later than Acts. But it is likely that both the rabbinic passages as well as the passage in Acts go back, at least in part, to earlier traditions that grew out of biblical texts dealing with the Giving of the Torah at Sinai. Paradoxical statements create a barrier to rational thinking and may, for this very reason, lead to profound experiences. It is in this sense that the article sees a close relationship between Exod 28,18a and Acts 2,3.