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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:53777
Doc. No:TL23731
Call number:‭3323756‬
Main Entry:Gregory Rolan Perry
Title & Author:Luke's narrative shaping of early Christian identityGregory Rolan Perry
College:Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education
Date:2008
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2008
Page No:323
Abstract:This study of the Acts of the Apostles demonstrates that intertextuality is an indispensable tool in a reform group's struggle to construct and strengthen its own identity. Drawing heavily on the Septuagint as the primary storehouse of authoritative stories, symbols and practices that mark Israel as the people of God, Luke identifies "the Way" as the eschatological people of God. Luke's two-volume discourse depicts Palestinian and Diaspora synagogues as prominent arenas of fierce, interpretative struggle over the Jewish scriptural heritage. This study of the Acts of the Apostles demonstrates how Luke broadens the discursive range of Israel's socially identifying texts and practices by problematizing their generally accepted interpretations. Luke accomplishes this in large measure by insisting that the land, Temple and Torah must be interpreted in relation to Jesus as Israel's Messiah. Luke reaccentuates these three identity markers to describe transformed figural actions of repentance, faith, baptism, fellowship and witness that display a renewed way of being God's people in the world. The Acts of the Apostles acknowledges a new social reality among its early readers. The vast majority of Jews, especially their leaders in Jerusalem, do not accept Luke's reading of the Law and the Prophets. Moreover, the significant minority of Jews and God-fearers from Diaspora synagogues who accept Luke's Gospel are being excluded now from the social space of the synagogue. Nevertheless, according to Luke, as members of "the Way" gather in homes and lecture halls to "examine the Scriptures" they are marking out a unique social identity as "the assembly of God" by sharing table fellowship and material goods with uncircumcised Gentiles, who confess with them that Jesus is "the Lord of all." Through the unique geographical, chronological and salvation-historical "order" of his narrative, Luke shapes and edifies a unique social order, the eschatological people of God.
Subject:Philosophy, religion and theology; Acts of the Apostles; Discourse analysis; Ecclesiology; Intertextuality; New Testament use of Old Testament; Identity; Early Christianity; Luke, Saint; Christian; Biblical studies; 0321:Biblical studies
Added Entry:Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education