An Apologetic of Signs and Wonders in Luke-Acts
In Pursuit of Truth, 2005 - Bible - 250 pages
"This study focused on the existence of patterned, precedent-setting, paradigmatic, and programmatic elements in the signs and wonders narratives of Luke-Acts that reveal the intentional establishment of a supernatural apologetic in the the two-volume work. Signs and wonders were used to argue for the value, validity, and veracity of Jesus' messianic and propetic ministry, death and ressurrection, and ascension. Sixteen narratives that include Luke's primary signs and wonders terminology (semeia and terata) were analyzed and evaluated using the four exegetical principles of a holistic hermeneutic: (a)presuppositions concerning intentionality and the role of experience, (b) exegetical and literary analysis, (c) biblical and theological synthesis, and (d)application/verification. Lucan historiography was found to be complex, Hellenitic-Jewish, and didactic and apologetic in intent. The findings reveal that the orginal intent of the signs and wonders and Luke's emphasis on the signs and wonders narratives were to prove the value, validity, and veracity of the kerygma. The study concludes that contemporary signs and wonders should follow Luke's emphasis on biblically based Christocentric, eschatological, soteriological, and apologetic supernatural occurrences. Signs and wonders narrative in Luke-Acts reveal a realized eschatology that points to the fulfillment of God's promises in establishing His kingdom on earth and bringing salvation (spiritual, physical, and social) through Christ to individuals across ethnic and geographic barriers.
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