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9. The Gospel of Luke

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Introduction to New Testament (RLST 152)

Luke and Acts, a two-volume work, are structured very carefully by the author to outline the ministry of Jesus and the spread of the Gospel to the gentiles. The Gospel of Luke emphasizes the themes of Jesus' Jewish piety, his role as a rejected prophet, and the reversal of earthly status. The Gospel ends in Jerusalem, and the Acts of the Apostles begins there and then follows the spread of the Gospel, both conceptually and geographically, to Samaria and the gentiles. By closely analyzing the Gospel and Acts, we see that the author was not concerned with historicity or chronological order. Rather, he writes his "orderly account" to illustrate the rejection of the Gospel by the Jews and its consequent spread to the gentiles.

00:00 - Chapter 1. The Structure of Luke and Acts
17:35 - Chapter 2. The Themes of Luke
34:03 - Chapter 3. The Geography of Acts

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This course was recorded in Spring 2009.