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The Theology of the Gospel of Luke
Cambridge University Press / 1995 / Paperback
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This series sets out to provide a programmatic survey of the individual writings of the New Testament. New Testament Theology aims to remedy the deficiency of available published material which concentrates on the New Testament writers' theological concerns. New Testament specialists here write at greater length than is usually possible in the introductions to commentaries or as part of other New Testament theologies and explore the theological themes and issues of their chosen books without being tied to a commentary format or to a thematic structure provided from elsewhere.
The Gospel of Luke, is also one of the earliest Christian examples of narrative theology. Unlike some writers of New Testament books, Luke has engaged in the theological task by shaping a narrative representation of the coming and mission of Jesus. In doing so, he goes to great lengths to ground the work of Jesus in the continuing story of God's redemptive plan, especially witnessed in the Scriptures, and he also emphasizes the ongoing character of that story, with the result that Luke's audience is challenged to discern the purpose of God so that they may embrace it and order their lives around it. This exploration of the way in which Luke accomplishes his theological talk in the first century is both informative and illuminating for contemporary readers seeking approaches to cultural criticism and constructive theology today.
The Gospel of Luke, often mined for information about the life of Jesus, is also one of the earliest Christian examples of narrative theology. Luke goes to great lengths to ground the work of Jesus in the continuing story of God's redemptive plan, and his emphasis on the ongoing character of that story challenges his audience to discern the purpose of God and order their lives around it. This exploration of the way in which he accomplishes his theological task in the first century is both informative and illuminating for contemporary readers.
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