Acts 8:18 wrote:ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ Σίμων ὅτι διὰ τῆς ἐπιθέσεως τῶν χειρῶν τῶν ἀποστόλων δίδοται τὸ πνεῦμα,
davidmccollough wrote:Thank you for your answer, Dr. Carlson.
davidmccollough wrote:I was considering the possibility of metalepsis in the sense of a shift in narrative levels from the storyworld to the world of the narrator. For example, "Judah, having seen that the Roman military is the mightiest on earth, offered to surrender." The verb is in the present tense because the narrator wishes to express his own view that the Roman military is the mightiest - Judah recognized what the narrator thinks to be true. A case of metalepsis in Acts 8:18 would mean that Luke views handlaying by apostles as the standard modus operandi for Spirit impartion in his own world, not just in the immediate story context. Normally, one would "backshift" to match the present tense verb with the main verb, but with the sentence transgressing narrative boundaries as it does, an English "backshift" would not capture the significance of the change in tenses.
Stephen Carlson wrote:I have to admit that I still feel that the use of metalepsis here to drive your interpretation of Acts 8:18 is a bit overcooked. May I suggest a different approach?
It's the word ἰδών. Acts 8:18 doesn't say that Simon believed it, but that he saw it. Seeing something implicates its reality. So the connotation of this word is not only that the character in the narrative believes it, but also that the author of the narrative believes it to be real. In order words, I would look at the pragmatics of the statement.
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