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The Kingdom according to Luke-Acts: A Social, Literary, and Theological Introduction
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The Kingdom according to Luke-Acts: A Social, Literary, and Theological Introduction


Baker Academic 2015

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This substantial, reliable introduction examines the character and purpose of Luke and Acts and provides a thorough yet economical treatment of Luke’s social, historical, and literary context. Karl Allen Kuhn presents Luke’s narrative as a "kingdom story" that both announces the arrival of God’s reign in Jesus and describes the ministry of the early church, revealing the character of the kingdom as dramatically at odds with the kingdom of Rome. Kuhn explores the background, literary features, plotting, and themes of Luke and Acts but also offers significant, fresh insights into the persuasive force of Luke’s well crafted and rhetorically charged narrative.

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Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive theological interpretation of Luke-Acts
  • Juxtaposes the Kingdom of God with the empire of Rome
  • Draws on historical, literary, and theological themes


  • Luke and His World
    • Imperium Romanum: An Empire of Disparity and Want
    • Israelite Visions of the Kingdom
    • Luke’s Place in Caesar’s Kingdom: The Social Location of the Third Evangelist
  • Luke’s Narrative Artistry
    • The Building Blocks of Luke’s Narrative
    • Plotting through Parallels
    • The Kingdom Story through Speech and Theme in Luke’s Infancy Narrative
    • The Kingdom Story through Speech and Theme in Luke 24 and Acts of the Apostles
    • The Power and Prominence of Luke’s Pathos
  • Luke’s Kingdom Story
    • Yahweh Is King and Lord of All
    • The Corruption and Redemption of Creation

Praise for the Print Edition

Karl Kuhn’s groundbreaking monograph on Luke-Acts will reset modern interpretation of these books and influence New Testament studies for years to come.

Mark Alan Powell, Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Kuhn provides a rich introduction to Luke’s two-volume work, carefully unraveling its thick, interwoven tapestry of literary patterns, rhetorical strategies, social networks, political tensions, and theological themes.

—F. Scott Spencer, professor of New Testament and biblical interpretation, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

Building on recent conversations about early Christian resistance to the Roman Empire, Kuhn provides us with a well-written, thorough, and helpful introductory textbook for the study of Luke and Acts.

—Andrew Arterbury, associate professor of Christian Scriptures, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

Product Details

  • Title: The Kingdom according to Luke-Acts: A Social, Literary, and Theological Introduction
  • Author: Karl Allen Kuhn
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 336
  • Resource Type: Introductions
  • Topic: Lukan Studies

About Karl Allen Kuhn

Karl Allen Kuhn is professor of religion at Lakeland College in Plymouth, Wisconsin. He is the author of Having Words with God: The Bible as Conversation, The Heart of Biblical Narrative: Rediscovering Biblical Appeal to the Emotions, and Luke: The Elite Evangelist.

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