This book focuses on the authority and status of the author of Luke-Acts. What authority did he have to write a Gospel, to interpret the Jewish Scriptures and traditions of Israel, to interpret the Jesus traditions, and to update the narrative with a second volume with its interpretation of Paul and the other apostles who appear in the Acts narrative? Rick Strelan constructs the author as a Jewish Priest, examining such issues as writing and orality, authority and tradition, and the status and role of priests. The analysis is set within the context of scholarly opinion about the author, the intended audience and other related issues.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Who were the Gospel writers?; Gospels, authors and authority; The status of Luke in scholarship; Why write another Gospel?; Owning, controlling, guarding the traditions; The oral and the written; Luke in the tradition; Luke among the scholars; Luke the priest; Luke as authoritative interpreter of Scripture; Luke as interpreter of the Jesus tradtions; Luke as interpreter of Paul; Conclusion; Bibliography; Indexes.
’This book is a model of clarity in the shaping of its argument and its use of a wide range of early Christian texts.’ Journal for the Study of the New Testament ’This carefully researched and well-written study makes a provocative contribution to Lucan studies.’ Worship