Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Mistake by the Evangelist Luke in the Book of Acts?

Author of Acts (Luke): Mistake of Ignorance (Geza Vermes)

The Acts of the Apostles goes even further than Jospehus and the Gospels when it turns the Sadducees into complete materialists who denied not only the resurrection of the dead, but also the existence of angels and spirits (Acts 23:8). However, this exaggeration should probably be blamed more on the Gentile Luke’s unfamiliarity with Palestinian Jewish thought than on the Sadducees, for angels are commonly mentioned in the Bible and the Sadducees were sticklers for the letter of the scripture. [1]


Luke wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts* – both of which, Christians believe to be inspired by God – yet, Luke seems to have blundered through ignorance or exaggeration. One must ask, if the author could blunder to this extent then what other mistakes did he make. And if he was making inaccurate statements then how can one sincerely believe he was inspired by the Holy Spirit?

This is another problematic issue for our Christian friends to ponder upon. Previously, we have seen that the Christian belief that the Holy Spirit guides them in scripture is problematic for them and now we are seeing their belief of the evangelists and authors of the Bible being inspired by the Holy Spirit (whom Trinitarian Christians believe to be God) as problematic too.

You decide if this is an error on the part of Luke!

*Some scholars attribute to Luke the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, which is clearly meant to be read as a sequel to the Gospel account. Other scholars question Luke's authorship of these books [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_the_Evangelist]

[1] The Resurrection, Geza Vermes, Penguin Books, 2008, pg. 48

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Anonymous said...

Have you checked CATHOLIC scholars?

minoria said...

Well I dont see any contradiction since the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead.

When you were dead you were dead,so you could never be a spirit or a messenger from heaven(angelos).

In the link:


You have all the documentary evidence on the subject,which is not much,it also says:

"Several other aspects of Sadducee theology are known. For example, many sources state that they maintained that souls die with the bodies (e.g., Flavius Josephus, Jewish antiquities 18.16; Mark 12.18-27). The rabbinical text known as 'Avot de rabbi Nathan states that a discussion about this subject was the cause of the schism between Pharisees and Sadducees."


The Saducees accepted the existence of heavenly messengers who had always been spirits,it is in the Torah.


But never that you died and could later communicate with the living (in effect be a messenger,angelos).

Or that you died and lived as a spirit.THAT is what Luke was referring to.WHY do you think he FIRST mentioned the word RESURRECTION,to connect it to what would be in store for humans BETWEEN their death and the resurrection.