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Luke's Acts of the Apostles is the one documentation on hand at the beginning of Christianity, regardless of the author's vigorously disputed reliability as a historian. Daniel Marguerat avoids this true/false quagmire by way of developing his assessment of Luke's expertise as an historian in the framework of historical historiography (the ideas of historic historians and narrative criticism). His examine portrays Luke as a skillful and sound theologian, and offers an unique method of the vintage issues of Lucan theology.

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10), and the power of the Word is enough. 39 The same verb plhq´unw, that evokes proliferation, is used for the logos (12. 24) and the Church (6. 1, 7; 9. 31). The Church, for Luke, as for Paul in Romans 9. 8–9, is a creatura verbi; believers are defined by their acceptance of the Word (8. 14; 11. 1; 17. 11; cf. Luke 8. 13) and are called ‘hearers of the Word’. Luke’s text is fashioned by a theology of the fecundity of the Word, which is announced in the gospel from the parable of the sower (Luke 8.

Marguerat and Y. Bourquin’s How to Read, 1999, pp. 14–15. 16 G. E. Sterling, Historiography and Self-Definition, 1992. 17 P. F. Esler, Community, 1987, p. 222. The author sees Luke–Acts as the vehicle of a sectarian Christianity that narratively constructs ‘a symbolic universe, a sacred canopy, beneath which the institutional order of his community is given meaning and justification’. 18 The apologetic of Josephus is argued and direct. Luke, however, proceeds indirectly by means of the narrative.

Seeking a literary genre In today’s context, the affiliation of the gospels with the Graeco-Roman literary genre of biography (the affinity of the gospel of Luke with the Lives of the philosophers is evident)1 provokes no great difficulties. On the contrary, exegetes continue to have a hard time classifying the second part of the work ad Theophilum. 2 A continuation of the gospel? Charles Talbert has proposed that one view of the Luke–Acts succession is the Life of a philosopher followed by the story of his disciples.

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