Zondervan’s Biblical Theology of the New Testament Series has for years provided pastors, students, and readers with valuable analyses of New Testament books and their contents. In this latest installment, Darrell L. Bock draws from his years of experience in biblical studies to examine Luke and Acts and write an informative resource that’s invaluable to those seeking holistic biblical understanding. A Theology of Luke and Acts identifies and evaluates the contribution of Luke, both to the New Testament and to the Bible as a whole. Bock aims to demonstrate Luke’s significance and influence in the development of theological discourse. The text discusses Luke’s themes and thematic relevance, the significance of language and vocabulary, and the contextual importance of Luke’s placement in the Bible. Continuing the valuable tradition of the Biblical Theology of the New Testament Series, Bock’s insights regarding Luke and Acts will prove a lasting resource for pastors and aspiring biblical scholars alike.
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“So Luke’s gospel is an ancient form of bios, distinct from modern biography, but rooted in telling the story of its hero and presenting him as an example for all. A caveat in all of this is that the main character of the gospel is not merely Jesus, but how God is working through him. In this sense, the account is not only a bios but also a theological biography. In point of fact, Luke is trying to persuade his audience that when he tells the story of Jesus, one is also seeing God at work through him in promise and plan.” (Pages 45–46)
“So, in Luke’s gospel, God is presented as one who has a kingdom plan and program, which are intimately tied to Jesus. Glorifying God means appreciating what he is doing through Jesus. Beyond this, God deserves love, respect, and worship. The one who fears God and keeps the divinity’s word about the gospel can anticipate blessing.” (Page 108)
“One of the goals of Luke is to describe how God expects people to live, not only how they can experience salvation.” (Page 68)
“That Luke was a physician, was tied to Paul, was not an eyewitness of Jesus, and wrote his gospel with concern for Gentiles are facts the NT makes clear. That Luke was from Syria, proclaimed Paul’s gospel, was unmarried, was childless, and died at an old age are ideas that are not in the NT.” (Page 35)
“The kingdom’s meaning in Luke is complex. It has both a present and a future element, and at any point either emphasis or both ideas together can appear, depending on the context.” (Page 106)