Luke: Historian & Theologian
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About "Luke: Historian & Theologian"
Apart from the apostle Paul, Luke is arguably the most influential force in the canon of the New Testament. His Gospel and Acts occupy almost a third of the New Testament, and together their narrative voice carries us over a span of more than sixty years, from the birth of Jesus to the imprisonment of Paul in Rome.It is difficult to imagine our understanding of the New Testament period without Luke's writings. For this reason, the question of Luke's historical reliability has been repeatedly investigated. In this study Howard Marshall affirms Luke's trustworthiness as a historian.But Luke is more than a historian. He is also a theologian who finds his interpretive key in the great theme of salvation. Marshall provides us with a lucid guide to Luke's theology of salvation as it is unfurled in Gospel narrative, but always with a eye on its ongoing development in the companion work, the Acts of the Apostles. A postscript assesses the course of Lukan studies during the decade of 1979-1988.
Meet the Author
I Howard Marshall
I. Howard Marshall (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is emeritus professor of New Testament exegesis and honorary research professor at the University of Aberdeen.
He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Concordance to the Greek New Testament (6th edition), The Gospel of Luke (New International Greek New Testament Commentary), The Epistles of John (New International Commentary of the New Testament), A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles (International Critical Commentary) and Acts (Tyndale New Testament Commentary).
His most recent volumes are Aspects of the Atonement, The Letter to the Romans (The Two Horizons Theological Commentary) and A Concise New Testament Theology.
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Marshall carefully adds his insights to study of Luke-Acts in this clear and well-argued book. He first seeks to argue that Luke is a reliable source of history, which is a particularly helpful discussion. On the basis of the historicity of Luke, he seeks to establish the central theme of Luke-Acts as 'Salvation'. A large portion of the book is devoted to engaging with some older ideas, particularly surrounding Luke-Acts as being a defense of 'Salvation-History'. Because of this engagement, one weakness of this book is its age. However, the final chapter - added later - bridges a 20-year gap in the scholarship into Luke-Acts, proving very helpful. On the whole, Marshall forms clear and compelling arguments supporting his thesis, investigating primarily the Gospel of Luke, while devoting a chapter to Acts. Highly recommended.