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Whose Promises Are They?

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This chapter examines the manner in which Luke and Justin each attempt to articulate the identity of the Christ-believing community by presenting Christ-believers as heirs of promises from the Jewish scriptures. To do so, the author compares and contrasts their appropriation of three types of promise traditions: 1) their description of the fulfillment of Abrahamic promises; 2) their explanation of the fulfillment of Isaianic promises; and 3) their presentation of the descent of the Spirit as the realization of scriptural promises. To be sure, an analysis of these three themes does not represent an exhaustive treatment of their representations of the fulfillment of the Jewish scriptures. Nevertheless, it does provide a significant cross-section of data for evaluating their respective attempts to describe Christ-believers as the recipients of scriptural promises.

Keywords: Abrahamic promises; Christ-believing community; Isaianic promises; Jewish scriptures; scriptural promises



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