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Exegesis And Community Identity In The Writings Of Luke And Justin

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A number of studies have examined Justin's reinterpretation of the Jewish scriptures for the non-Jewish Christian church. This chapter provides an analysis of the common self-defining strategy in the writings of Luke and Justin. To do so, the author compares the following aspects of their representations of scriptural interpretation: 1) their portrayal of the exegesis of Christ-believers as an outcome of a divine revelatory experience and of instruction from the risen Christ, and 2) their depiction of the connection between this inspired interpretation and entrance to the Christ-believing community. Subsequently, the chapter discusses some of the differences between the way that Luke and Justin attempt to demonstrate the authoritative status of the exegesis of Christ-believers and consider the impact that these differences have upon their respective descriptions of the knowledge of the Christ-believing community.

Keywords: authoritative scriptural interpretation; Christ-believers; Jewish scriptures; Justin; Luke



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