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Luke: Historian and Theologian

InterVarsity Press / 1998 / Paperback

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Apart from the apostle Paul, Luke is arguably the most influential force in the canon of the New Testament. His Gospel and Acts occupy almost a third of the New Testament. Marshall provides us with a lucid guide to Luke's theology of salvation as it is unfurled in Gospel narrative, but always with an eye on its ongoing development in his companion work, the Acts of the Apostles.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 252
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830815139
ISBN-13: 9780830815135
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Apart from the apostle Paul, Luke is arguably the most influential force in the canon of the New Testament. His Gospel and Acts occupy almost a third of the New Testament, and together their narrative voice carries us over a span of more than sixty years, from the birth of Jesus to the imprisonment of Paul in Rome. It is difficult to imagine our understanding of the New Testament period without Luke's writings. For this reason, the question of Luke's historical reliability has been repeatedly investigated. In this study Howard Marshall affirms Luke's trustworthiness as a historian. But Luke is more than a historian. He is also a theologian who finds his interpretive key in the great theme of salvation. Marshall provides us with a lucid guide to Luke's theology of salvation as it is unfurled in Gospel narrative, but always with a eye on its ongoing development in the companion work, the Acts of the Apostles. A postscript assesses the course of Lukan studies during the decade of 1979-1988.

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I. Howard Marshall (1934-2015) was a world-renowned New Testament scholar and the author or editor of at least thirty-eight books and more than 120 essays and articles. He taught New Testament at the University of Aberdeen for thirty-five years and was a professor emeritus for sixteen years. Among his numerous publications on the New Testament are his commentaries on the Gospel of Luke, Acts, 1-2 Thessalonians, the Pastoral Epistles and 1 Peter and 1-3 John. He is coauthor of and coeditor of the New International Greek Testament Commentary series, as well as the author of the series' volume on Luke. He has also authored Marshall was an evangelical Methodist who was born and lived most of his life in Scotland. He received a PhD from the University of Aberdeen and a DD from Asbury Theological Seminary.

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    RICHARD HOLT
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    Marshall is one of the best Evangelical writers today. This book covers an important topic. Some scholars focus on the historical accuracy of Biblical books at the expense of noting the theological message within them. Others focus on theological concerns to the point they give no weight to historical accuracy at all. However, as this book shows, the Gospel of Luke is written with both interests in the forefront. Luke intentionally writes as an historian, while also pursuing important theological themes. In other words, he sees theological truths as being embedded within historical truths. This is a helpful work.
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    Marcin
    Luke: Historian and Theologian written by I. Howard Marshall is a book that will benefit anybody who desires to understand the Gospel of Luke and the Acts more fully. In his book Marshall considers very important questions like for instance; is it possible to be a theologian and at the same time a reliable historian? He goes further and investigates whether Luke was faithful to his sources while writing the Gospel and the Acts. Then he tries to identify Luke's main themes in his writings.Marshall does not just give his opinion but first explores other scholars' works and then gives his careful judgementOne more thing: IVP publishing house should be ashamed of publishing this excellent book on such a low quality paper! Moreover, it is hard to read the book due to the VERY LOW QUALITY PRINT!!!
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