Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Martin Scharlemann

Scripture References in this Resource

Luke 9:51-18:14; Acts 13:30,31; Luke 8:1; Luke 9:18-50; Luke 19:1-11; Luke 19:27-28; Luke 19:12ff; Luke 19:45-46; Luke 19:41-44; Luke 19:29-46; Luke 1:1-4; Acts 5:34ff; Luke 3:1,2; Acts 1:13; Colossians 4:14; Philemon 1:24; 2 Timothy 4:11; Acts 1:8; Galatians 1:2; Colossians 4:16; 2 Peter 3:15,16; Luke 21:20-24; Mark 6:5; Mark 6:45-8:9


It is the contention of this writer that, although these various theological interpretations may offer a partial explanation to the enigma of Luke's "central section," they do not adequately account for the diversity or arrangement of material. It is the writer's thesis that Luke may have selected a part of his materials for the "central section" from a collection of pericopae used to train missionaries in the early Church. That such a written or oral tradition existed before St. Luke wrote his Gospel may be inferred from St. Paul's sermon at Antioch in Pisidia, "But God raised him from the dead; and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people" (Acts 13:30,31). The latter statement would seem pointless if there were no historical connection between "witnessing" and "those who came up with him from Galilee to .Jerusalem." Furthermore, this passage may help explain Luke's geographical framework in the "central section."

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