The Making of Luke-Acts

The Making of Luke-Acts

The Making of Luke-Acts

The Making of Luke-Acts

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The third evangelist came to be regarded by tradition as a portrait painter. He has himself been painted by medieval illuminators and artists and he still constitutes an attractive subject for portraiture. The following pages aim to recover some features of his character, to visualize the other factors which went into his noteworthy undertaking, to illustrate from his contemporaries the methods of composition that he employed, and so to give as clear, comprehensive and realistic a picture as possible of the whole literary process that produced Luke and Acts.

Such a purpose differentiates this volume from studies along conventional or more special lines. This is not an introduction, an apology or a commentary. Least of all is it a work of edification, though it is written with the conviction that the religious and moral value of the Scriptures often best becomes effective where an initial interest is awakened in the reality and naturalness of the historical background, whether of the events recorded or, as in this instance, of the creative literary performance.

It has been necessary to raise many of the technical questions of scholarly discussion and to express opinions about their solution (or insolubility), without supplying the fullness of evidence and argument that scholars themselves demand. Occasionally I have been able to refer to fuller presentations elsewhere, either by myself or by others. For the rest I have been content to suggest a general picture of the process of composition, without defending each of the details and without refuting or even mentioning . . .

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