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This is the conclusory chapter of this book, which compares the way that Luke and Justin laid claim to the Jewish scriptures for the Christ-believing community by considering two aspects of their representation of the relationship between this group and the sacred texts of Jews: the authoritative exegesis of Christ-believers and their identity as recipients of scriptural promises. The book outlines the ways that Luke and Justin use similar exegetical claims to define Christ-believers as those who possess an exclusive understanding of the Jewish scriptures. The use of common themes and ideas in the writings of Luke and Justin confirms their participation in what we might refer to as a similar form of proto-orthodox Christianity. Like early Jewish interpreters, both Luke and Justin appropriate the Jewish scriptures, in part, to defend the status of their group as the true people of God.

Keywords: Christ-believing community; Jewish scriptures; Justin; Luke; scriptural promises

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