Concordia Theological Monthly

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st. luke, book of acts, jewish, eschatology, jerusalem, israel, antioch, criticism, gentile, kerygmatic

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Fifty and seventy-five years ago the burning question in studies of Acts concerned the factual accuracy of Luke's record, which seemed to differ from, even to contradict, Paul's account in his epistles. The integrity of Luke was assailed by all but the most conservative. Source criticism was in full flood, and Acts was dissected and divided into tiny segments which were labeled "Jerusalem A" or "Jerusalem B" or "Antioch" or "Peter" or some such tag, depending on the exegete and his predilections. Some said that Luke could not have known what really happened. Others imagined that he knew but chose to suppress the facts in favor of a preconceived plan or scheme. Luke was seldom credited with relating a round, unvarnished tale.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Acts 3:13; Acts 5:30; Acts 7:32, 46; Acts 22:14; Acts 24:14; Luke 1:1-4; Ephesians 2:12; Colossians 4:14; Acts 16:10-17; Acts 20:5-21:18; Acts 27:1-28:16; 2 Timothy 4:11; Luke 1:79; Luke 1:5-11; Luke 1:27, 32; Luke 2:1-7; Luke 2:21 ff; Luke 2:39; Luke 2:41; Luke 2:47;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars