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Both "laying" and "receiving" are imperfects. Knowling notes, "Both verbs
may therefore simply indicate the continuous administration of the laying on
of the hands x and the continuous supernatureal result (not necessarily
external manifestations) which followed upon this action."
See also "baptize" in v. 12 and 18.8.
>>Simply put, it is narrative flow which demands
the imperfect, not anything theological.
I'm inclined to see this; but it is deeply theological for Luke. But I think
you are right in not wanting to build too much on grammatical construction.
One would have to look at all of Luke's imperfects to get a feel for how he
uses that tense and that still would not set before us all his options.
I'll leave this for those with more leisure to pursue such things.