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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Get more cutting-edge scholarship on Luke-Acts with Princeton Monographs on Luke-Acts (5 vols.) and Craig Evans’ Luke and Scripture: The Function of Sacred Tradition in Luke–Acts.
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
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.