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Title: Acts 28,28 — Why?
Author(s): KILGALLEN, John
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 90    Issue: 2   Date: 2009   
Pages: 176-187
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.90.2.3188902

Abstract :
The Isaian citation, used by Paul to describe his encounter with certain Jews in Rome, does not stand alone: it leads to a conclusion, a conclusion which is an imperative and an assurance. What is commanded is a knowledge of the plan of God already in motion, a plan to offer salvation to Jews and Gentiles. As information for Jews of Rome, this final word of Paul is best understood as a motive for repentance; knowledge of the divine plan of God, which will succeed (28b), serves as an encouragement to Roman Jews to 'turn and be healed by Me'.

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