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Luke, The Literary Physician

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In this chapter, the question of Luke's probable knowledge and use of the Pauline letters is discussed. Since in Acts there is no hint that Paul ever wrote letters, it has been a bit overconfidently assumed that Luke did not know them or even know of them. However, the author is convinced that not only did Luke know of these letters but he also made use of them as a principal source of knowledge for the story which he was penning of the one who was responsible for the birth and development of the gentile mission. The common denial, a comparatively recent insistence, that Luke knew or used the Pauline letters needs fresh consideration instead of automatic repetition. The author shows that there is no detail in the story Luke tells of Paul's days prior to his conversion which Luke could not have deduced from the material in the letters.

Keywords: Luke; Pauline letters



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