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Crucifixion: The search for a meaning vis-à-vis biblical prophecy. From Luke to Acts

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As New Testament traditions themselves amply testify, Jesus' crucifixion constituted a core problem for the nascent Jesus movement. This chapter relates some of the exegetic options that seem to have been available to the creators of the early Christian narrative, using the "persecuted prophet" biblical motif as the point of departure. It suggests that this motif was consciously subdued in important parts of the New Testament tradition; possible reasons for that are also outlined. As for the historical Jesus, there are numerous indications that he did see himself as a prophet. The chapter focuses on Luke and Acts seen as the creation of a single author, with other traditions used mostly as a backdrop. The narrative of Luke/Acts can be expected to account not only for the postponement of salvation but also for the changes that the meaning of Jesus' death underwent in light of that postponement.

Keywords: Acts; biblical prophecy; Jesus' crucifixion; Luke; New Testament traditions; prophet; salvation

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