I think Dr Luke and I would get along very well: we both share an attention to detail. (Though in my case it sometimes leads to me forgetting about the big picture.) In reading through Acts recently, I took note of brief, incidental descriptions of body language.
|Who’s looking?||At what?||Reference|
|Disciples||The sky||Acts 1:10|
|Peter||The cripple at Beautiful Gate||Acts 3:4|
|Cornelius||An angel of God||Acts 10:4|
|Peter||The vision of a sheet||Acts 11:6|
|Paul||Elymas the sorcerer||Acts 13:9|
|Paul||The cripple at Lystra||Acts 14:9|
It would seem that cripples about to be healed received their fair share of fixated gazes 🙂
|Who’s motioning?||To whom?||Reference|
|Peter||Those gathered at Mary’s home||Acts 12:17|
|Paul||Those gathered in the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch||Acts 13:16|
|Alexander||Those gathered in the amphitheatre at Ephesus||Acts 19:33|
|Paul||Hostile crowd in Jerusalem||Acts 21:40|
Hand motions to get the attention of a crowd: completely logical.
- Governor Felix gestures for Paul to speak, likely a nod (Acts 24:10)
- When given permission by Agrippa to speak, Paul stretches out his hand before beginning (Acts 26:1)
In an age before fiction writing as we know it today was invented, these seemingly throwaway phrases bolster the credibility of the narrative. They’re just the kind of things an eyewitness would recall!