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Another Look at Luke's ‘Acts of the Apostles’: History? Theology? Narrative? Canonical Connective?

John Reumann

in Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780198262015
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682285 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262015.003.0016

Series: Oxford Bible Series

Another Look at Luke's ‘Acts of the Apostles’: History? Theology? Narrative? Canonical Connective?

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This chapter looks at The Book of Acts again, briefly, in its own right. Sometimes Luke-Acts has been treated as one. Sometimes each book is taken up separately, the way the canonical arrangement presents them. In The Oxford Bible Series, Acts has been referred to in fixing Luke's Gospel as to place and time. There are also connections between Acts and Paul, Acts and Peter, and Acts and Timothy. By its contents and location in the canon, the Book of Acts links the gospels with the epistles, Jesus with the Church, a time when Jesus went about doing good and healing with a time when Christians are also to do good and heal all in light of God's benefactions. However, for Luke, the experiences, even though he moulded them into a certain unity, were too powerful to be put into a neat uniformity of doctrine.

Keywords: Book of Acts; Luke-Acts; the Oxford Bible Series; Luke's Gospel

Chapter.  2738 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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