Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Jeffrey A. Gibbs

Scripture References in this Resource

Acts 17:16-34; Luke 3:6; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:17; Acts 26:17-18; Acts 13:16-41; Acts 2:14-40; Acts 3:12-26; Acts 4:8-12; Luke 1:1, 3; Luke 1:1-4


Kim, Hyo-Jong. "Making 'An Unknown God' Known: A Narrative-Critical Reading of Paul's Areopagus Speech (Acts 17: 16-34) in Light of the 'Ignorance-Knowledge' Theme of Luke-Acts." Ph.D. diss., Concordia Seminary, 2015. 324 pp.

This dissertation argues that a reading of Paul's speech in Athens (Acts 17:16-34) through narrative-critical analysis helps the reader see how Lukan narration of Paul's "new teaching" to make "an unknown god" known to the pagan philosophers marks a pivotal point for Lukan presentation of the "ignorance-knowledge" theme in Luke-Acts. This study examines how the speech, in its unique narrative setting and with its subtle rhetorical critique of pagan "ignorance," partakes of Luke's overall concern to show that Jews, proselytes, and outright pagans all stand in the same condition before the God of Israel, that is, in need of the divine revelation to change their ignorant state.

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