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Chapter 3: LK-Acts, Its Audience, and The History of Christianity

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Chapter Summary

The relation of Luke (Lk)-Acts and its portrayal of Paul to its intended audience is discussed in this chapter. The relation of the author to sources is determined by some form of 'Pauline Christianity'. The author of Lk-Acts produced a singular narrative among early Christian texts: he has reconceptualized the life of Jesus as a part of a larger narrative of the spread of Christianity. The author connects the life of Jesus to his audience by introducing his work as author in the prefaces to the two volumes, Lk 1:1-4 and Acts 1:1-2, and expanding the horizon of his narrative to include the readers' present through the literary device of the farewell address delivered by the character Paul in Acts 20:17-38. The author portrays Paul as God's chosen instrument in the movement of the word from Jerusalem to Rome, from the past of Jesus to the present of the Christian.

Keywords: Jerusalem; Luke(Lk)-Acts; Paul's farewell address; Pauline Christianity; Rome

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