Luke-Acts by Donald Juel
This new study is intended as a first introduction to the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, those two New Testament books which are so closely connected. Rather than getting caught up in the vast and complex discussions which have produced a vast scholarly literature, the author concentrates on interpretative questions which are connected with Luke-Acts as a whole. Why did the author of the Gospel, unlike other evangelists, choose to create a larger framework within which to interpret Jesus' ministry? What difference does it make to our interpretation of the Gospel and Acts that one follows the other? What themes distinguish and/or unite the two parts of Luke's history? Is the unified work of a different genre from either taken individuaily? Ore of the strong points of the book is the way in which it sees Luke-Acts against the general cultural background of its time and conveniently quotes passages from secular authors which illustrate Luke's approach and way of working.