One Lord, One People (Library Of New Testament Studies Series)
This book examines the Lukan themes of unity and disunity against ancient Greco-Roman and Jewish social and political discourses on concord and discord to better understand the context in which Luke highlights the themes of unity and disunity. ...
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This book examines the Lukan themes of unity and disunity against ancient Greco-Roman and Jewish social and political discourses on concord and discord to better understand the context in which Luke highlights the themes of unity and disunity.
The themes of unity and disunity are particularly prominent in ancient discussions of the reigns of rulers, evaluations of laws/constitutions/forms of government, and descriptions of the contrasting effects of unity and disunity in the destruction and preservation of peoples and cities. These themes are grouped under the broad categories of kingship and law, and the preservation and destruction of cities. The book contends that, in the context of its literary setting, the theme of the unity of the church under one Lord in Acts contributes to Lukan Christological claims that Christ is the true king, and Lukan ecclesiological claims that the Christian community is the true people of God.
Alan J. Thompson (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is lecturer in New Testament at Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Croydon, New South Wales, Australia.
He is the author of One Lord, One People: The Unity of the Church in Acts (Library of New Testament Studies, T & T Clark); The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus: Luke's Account of God's Unfolding Plan (New Studies in Biblical Theology, IVP), and Luke (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament, B&H Academic). He is currently working on a commentary on the book of Acts.
- 1. Introduction 2. Unity And The "rule Of Law" 3. Unity And The "rule Of The Lord" 4. Unity And The Disunity: The Difference Between Survival And Destruction 5. Concord And The Conquest Of The Word 6. Unity In Acts: Idealization Or Reality?