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The Rapture Christology of Luke-Acts (11)

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This chapter is inclined, with a significant strand of modern scholarship, to date Luke-Acts in the 70's or 80's of the first century AD, at any rate after the Jewish war and after the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple. The chapter points out that there is a strong connection between Jesus' ascension and his parousia. Jesus went up to heaven not to remain there forever, but to return on the Day of Judgement. In Acts 1:3 the post-resurrection appearances occur within the time-span of forty days, that is, six weeks approximately. Luke insists that Jesus had chosen apostles 'through the Holy Spirit' thereby suggesting that their authoritative position in the Church was a divine ordinance. The almost unavoidable corollary to Luke's rapture Christology is that Luke advocates an 'absentee Christology', i.e. a Christology that is dominated by the absence and present inactivity of the exalted Lord.

Keywords: Holy Spirit; Jesus' ascension; Jewish-apocalyptic rapture; Luke-Acts; post-resurrection appearances; rapture Christology



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