The Ananias and Sapphira seems to be somewhat redundant, all the info. there could be easily placed in the Ananias article, perhaps under a sub-heading. It seems, though, that the story is summed up nicely in Ananias, and Ananias and Sapphira could equally be removed. Naufana : talk 23:20, 5 November 2006 (UTC)
- As nobody has objected in two months, I have performed this merge. Also, I split off content about other people named Ananias to Ananias (disambiguation). --BigDT 01:12, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
Ownership of property
Acts Chapter 4 closes by making the statement that the Christian believers in the early Church considered their possessions to be their own, "but they had all things in common," and that a church member, Barnabas, sold a plot of land and donated the profit to the apostles.
If you read the verses you'll see that for the first part it's exactly the opposite -- early Christians did not consider possessions to be their own. Once this is realized, the Bible commentators' viewpoint becomes much less reasonable.
It was in this context that Ananias and Sapphira decided that they, too, would like to make such a donation. Bible commentators believe that the motivation for this donation was to gain recognition in the community rather than simply giving to the Church.
It may have been a reason that they decided to sell the land, but it is pure speculation, as there is a more important and obvious reason. In order to enter this particular early Christian community, you had to sell your properties and share it all with the others. Ananias and his wife would have had the communal resources of the church, but they decided to keep some extra for themselves and lie to the church. The author of Acts has Peter explain this to the reader. --Clarphimous 16:01, 22 June 2007 (UTC)
-- Peter specifically told Ananias that the land was his (Ananias') to do with as he pleased. That clearly indicates that it was NOT a requirement of the early church that everyone sell their possession and gtive them to the community of believers.
I have added in the theological commentary; it could use some further linking to other subjects, but I haven't the time directly. Jeremynicholas 20:36, 1 July 2007 (UTC)
- Does the theological commentary come from published, reliable sources? As it currently stands, it seems to be your commentary, violating Wikipedia:No original research. —Angr 13:48, 10 September 2007 (UTC)
Original research removed
I have removed the section "Theology of the event" as it has been flagged as potential original research for several months. If anyone can provide references showing that this analysis has been previously published in a reliable source, feel free to do so. —Angr If you've written a quality article... 16:36, 25 December 2007 (UTC)
Looks like the verse 1 Chronicles 15:23 is a wrong reference for Ananias/Hananiah. I think the correct one is 1 Chronicles 25:4. Also there are some more references about Ananias/Hananiah in Old testament (Jeremiah 28:1, Daniel 1:6) --Johnchacks (talk) 16:43, 3 July 2011 (UTC)