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Luke-Acts, a Storm Center in Contemporary Scholarship

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By setting the Luke-Acts discussion against a wider horizon, the danger of provincialism may be overcome, and New Testament scholarship may develop more and more its international character. This chapter sketches the questions that have been raised in the present phase of the Luke-Acts debate, the reasons why they are asked, and their interrelation, and shows why this part of the New Testament has become such a storm center. By means of minute literary comparison and critical analysis of the wording of the separate units, their framework was unmasked as completely secondary, and the origin of these little particles was sought in Jewish-Christian or in Hellenistic-Christian communities. According to Wilckens, however, the defect of Luke's theology is that the death of Christ has no soteriological meaning, that sin, repentance, and Christian life gets a much more superficial treatment than in Paul's theology.

Keywords: contemporary scholarship; Hellenistic-Christian communities; Jewish-Christian communities; Luke-Acts; New Testament; Paul's theology



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