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The author compares and contrasts the way that the writings of the New Testament attributed to Luke, hereafter Luke-Acts, and the writings of the early Christian apologist Justin Martyr define the Christ-believing community by describing its privileged status in relation to the Jewish scriptures. He then surveys the findings of previous studies that relate to and inform his comparison of Luke and Justin. This includes a review of scholarly positions that address the following themes in their writings: the possible dependence of the writings of Justin upon the synoptic gospels and Acts; the date of composition of their writings; the parallels between their theological ideas; and their respective treatments of the Jewish scriptures. The author then outline the aims, rationale, and overall plan of my study, including my reasons for choosing to compare Luke and Justin, and the contribution of such a comparison to scholarship on this topic.

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



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