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The Rapture Christology of Luke-Acts (I)

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The OT-Jewish rapture-preservation paradigm provides the primary context of understanding for the Lukan ascension narratives. This chapter studies Luke's work in more detail to test the validity of this hypothesis. Following the narrative sequence of Luke-Acts to get an 'inside' view of how the author develops his argument, the chapter analyses the major clusters of ascension texts in Luke's two volume work (Lk 9:51; 24:50-53; Acts 1:1-14,21-22; 3:19-21) in an attempt to sketch the contours of what is called Luke's 'rapture christology'. Given the Lukan tendency to pattern his narrative around the principle of symmetry, there can be little doubt that Luke's hand has been heavily at work in Lk 24 and Acts 1. Particularly strong influence on the Lukan ascension narratives comes from the Elijah traditions. Luke not only frames the ascension in the context of the rapture-preservation-parousia; he also does so in the framework of the resurrection-exaltation.

Keywords: Acts 1:1-14; Acts 1:21-22; Acts 3: 19-21; Elijah tradition; Lk 24:50-53; Lk 9:51; Lukan ascension narrative; Luke-Acts; rapture christology; resurrection-exaltation



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