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Title: The Terms 'Angel' and 'Spirit' in Acts 23,8
Author(s): PARKER, Floyd
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 84    Issue: 3   Date: 2003   
Pages: 344-365
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.84.3.3194478

Abstract :
Four major theories have emerged to explain the significance of the terms 'angel' and 'spirit' in Acts 23,8: the denial of the existence of angels and spirits altogether, the rejection of excessive speculation about angels, the denial of the interim state, and the denial of resurrection as an angel and spirit. The second view has the most explanatory power. This position was strengthened by showing that what the Sadducees denied was the role of angels in the administration of predestination. Thus, when a heavenly being interfered with Saul's plans on his way to Damascus, the Sadducees were dubious (Acts 23,9).

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