Introduces literary, historical, and theological issues of Luke and Acts.
Biblical texts create worlds of meaning, and invite readers to enter them. When readers enter such textual worlds, which are often strange and complex, they are confronted with theological claims. With this in mind, the purpose of the Interpreting Biblical Texts series is to help serious readers in their experience of reading and interpreting by providing guides for their journeys into textual worlds. The controlling perspective is expressed in the operative word of the title--interpreting. The primary focus of the series is not so much on the world behind the texts or out of which the texts have arisen as on the worlds created by the texts in their engagement with readers.
In keeping with the goals of the series, this volume provides an introductory guide to readers of the New Testament books of Luke and Acts. It focuses on both the synchronic and diachronic dimensions of the literature in an effort to acquaint readers with literary, historical, and theological issues that will facilitate interpretation of these important books.
F. Scott Spencer is Professor of New Testament at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.
"In this latest Interpreting Biblical Texts volume, Scott Spencer provides for beginner and seasoned interpreter alike a reliable guide through the maze of important recent research on the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Along the way, Spencer offers his own creative, perceptive reading of these writings, offering deft literary analysis, attentive to cultures both ancient and modern. This book is lively, engaging, and witty---who said biblical scholarship should be dry and boring? This is an informative study and also a great read, as a book about Luke’s two volumes surely should be!"
--John T. Carroll, Dean and Fitts Professor of New Testament, Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education
"It is hard to imagine a more winsome or sure-footed guide through the landscape of Luke’s Gospel and Acts than Scott Spencer. His literary skills and socio-historical sensitivities make him a keen reader of the Lukan text; moreover, he attends well to the insights of other readers. The result is a book that pulls its readers forward into a stimulating, provocative, and enjoyable engagement with Luke’s narrative. "
--Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary