The Gentiles and the Gentile Mission in Luke-Acts

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 22, 2005 - Religion - 294 pages
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A theological and historical study of the Gentiles and the Gentile missions in Luke and Acts. Dr Wilson examines Jesus' attitude to Gentiles and concludes that not only did he fail to anticipate a historical Gentile mission, but that his eschatological expectations logically disallowed it. Luke's views are then set against the tradition on the subject from Jesus up to and including Mark, and his theology is compared in detail with that of Paul. Dr Wilson goes on to consider the historical reliability of Acts and finds that most earlier assessments have been marred by oversimplification; Luke, he concludes, does intend to write good history but for a variety of reasons is not always successful. There has in recent years been a growing interest in the theology of Luke and this is a substantial addition to the literature on the subject. It will be of interest to all theologians and New Testament scholars.
  

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Contents

Jesus and the Gentiles
1
The Gentiles in Lukes Gospel
29
Lukan eschatology
59
The early chapters of Acts
88
Stephen and the Hellenists
129
Pauls conversion
154
Cornelius and the Apostolic Council
171
Pauls speech on the Areopagus
196
Jewish and Gentile missions
219
Summary and conclusions
239
Bibliography
268
Index of passages
277
Index of authors
290
Index of subjects
294
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Luke and the Law
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Stephen G. Wilson is Professor of Religious Studies in the College of the Humanities at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.

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