The Significance of Simeon’s Praise and Prophecy: Luke 2:30-35 as Programmatic for Luke-Acts

Building on the argument by Collin Blake Bullard that Simeon’s oracle in Luke 2:30-35 is designed to provide the reader with the right lens to interpret the story that follows in the Gospel according to Luke, this paper argues that the praise and prophecy are programmatic for Acts as well. After a brief overview of programmatic prophecy, the paper provides a summation of Bullard’s support for his claim and a couple of supplemental ones. Next, the paper turns to the themes found in his praise and prophecy found in Acts. Further, the paper argues that at the crucial moment of the Jerusalem Council 15:14, Luke brings Simeon’s praise and prophecy to the reader’s mind through the “multivalent reading” in Acts 15:14 of Simeon.

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