Prayer and Vindication in Luke - Acts Paperback

The Theme of Prayer within the Context of the Legitimating and Edifying Objective of the Lukan Narrative

by Geir O. Holmas;


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Prayer and Vindication in Luke - Acts

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Holmas asserts that the distribution of strategically-placed prayer notices and prayers throughout Luke-Acts serves a twofold purpose. First, it is integral to Luke’s project of authenticating the Jesus-movement as accredited by Israel’s God. Holmas shows that Luke presents a consistent pattern of divine affirmation and redemption attending the tenacious prayers of the faithful ones throughout every major phase of his narrative – in turn demonstrating continuity with the pious Israel of the past.

Secondly, most importantly the ‘ultimate’ purpose of Luke’s emphasis on prayer is didactical. In Luke’s gospel Jesus summons his disciples (and implicitly his readers) to confident and persistent prayer before the Eschaton, assuring them of God’s readiness to answer their entreaties. Luke’s historical account as a whole provides narrative reinforcement of this affirmation. Just as God has been consistent in responding to the diligent prayers of his faithful ones in recent history, satisfying and fulfilling Israel’s hopes for redemption in the Jesus movement, he will assuredly secure ultimate vindication at the end of time for those who persist in prayer.

--- About the Author ---

Geir Otto Holmås is Associate Professor of New Testament at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, Norway. His recent publications include articles on narrative-critical methodology and theological hermeneutics.

Prayer and Vindication in Luke - Acts by Geir O. Holmas was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in October 2012. The ISBN for Prayer and Vindication in Luke - Acts is 9780567268556.

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Contents

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION
I. Problem and Purpose
II. Previous Monographs on Lukan Prayer
III Method and Outline

PART ONE: LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS

Chapter 2: DELIMITING THE SCOPE OF THE STUDY: SEMANTIC CONSIDERATIONS AND TEXT SELECTION
I. Introduction: The Challenge of Defining Lukan Prayer
II. Lexical Field and Semantic Range
III Syntagmatic Field
IV Conclusion: Delimiting the Perimeters of the Study

Chapter 3: OUTLINING THE CONTROLLING AGENDA OF LUKE-ACTS: LUKAN PRAYER WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE HISTORIOGRAPHICAL AIMS OF THE DOUBLE WORK
I. Introduction
II. Luke-Acts as Ancient Historia and the Bearing of Luke's Historiographical Aims on the Presentation of Prayer
A. Luke-Acts as Apologetic Historiography: Legitimating the Jesus Movement
B. Luke-Acts and the Educative Function of Ancient Historia
C. The Rhetorical Situation of Luke-Acts and the Makeup of Luke's Intended Readers
D. The Theme of Prayer within the Context of the Legitimating and Edifying Objective of Luke-Acts: A Preliminary Sketch

PART TWO: THE THEME OF PRAYER IN THE GOSPEL OF LUKE

Chapter 4: PRAYER AND ISRAEL&S217;S HOPE AT THE OPENING OF LUKE'S GOSPEL (LUKE 1-2)
I. Luke 1-2 as the Beginning of the Lukan Narrative
II. Text Analysis A. Prayer in the Opening Episode of Luke's Gospel (1.5-25) B. Jerusalem Prophets at Prayer: Simeon and Anna (Luke 2.25-38)

Chapter: 5 THE PRAY-ER PAR EXCELLENCE: THE LUKAN PORTRAIT OF THE PRAYING JESUS (LUKE 3-24)
I. Prayer in the Life and Mission of Jesus: Overview and Procedure
II. The Function of the Lukan Portrait of the Praying Jesus—A New Proposal
III Text Analysis
A. Jesus' Practice of Prayer During His Public Ministry (Luke 3-11)
B. Jesus' Passion Prayers (Luke 22-23)
V Conclusion

Chapter 6: MODELING PRAYER: PRAYER AND DISCIPLESHIP IN THE PERIOD OF JESUS
I. Introduction: The Profile and Character of the Prayer Didactic Emphasis in Luke's Gospel
II. Prayer and the Formation of the Disciples Under the Tutelage of Jesus: Overview
III. Text Analysis
A. The Galilean Phase (Luke 4.14-9.50): Preliminaries
B. The Travel Narrative (Luke 9.51-19.44) and the Pre-Passion Jerusalem Phase (Luke 19.45-21.38): Extensive Prayer Instruction

EXCURSUS I: THE GENERAL TEACHING ON PRAYER AND LUKE'S INTENDED READERSHIP
C. The Passion Crisis (Luke 22-23): Failure to Pray
IV. Conclusion and Outlook

PART THREE: THE THEME OF PRAYER IN THE BOOK OF ACTS

Chapter 7: PERSISTENT PRAYER AND THE FORMATION AND THE FORMATION AND EXPANSION OF THE RESTORED PEOPLE: PRAYER IN THE LIFE AND MISSION OF THE EARLY COMMUNITY IN ACTS (ACTS 1-12)
I. Prayer in the Book of Acts and the Unity Issue: Methodological Considerations
A. The Scholarly Discussion of the Unity of Luke-Acts
B. The Unity of Luke-Acts and the Theme of Prayer
C. Procedure
II. Prayer and the Formation and Growth of the Messianic People in Jerusalem and Beyond (Acts 1-12): Overview
III. Text Analysis
A. The Apostles and the Early Believers in Jerusalem in Prayer (Acts 1-7)

EXCURSUS II: PRAYER AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE ACTS NARRATIVE
B. Beyond Jerusalem: Praying 'Servants of the Word' and Praying Would-Be Believers (Acts 8-11)
C. A Final Time: The Jerusalem Community Importuning God (Acts 12)
IV. Conclusion

Chapter 8: BETWEEN HARDSHIP AND HOPE: PRAYER IN THE CONTEXT OF PAUL'S MISSION AND TRIAL (ACTS 13-28)
I. Paul and his Companions in Prayer - Paul on Prayer: Overview
II. Text Analysis
A. Commended to the Lord—Prayer Surrounding Paul's Diaspora Mission (Acts 13.1-21.16)
B. Worshipping God according to the Way: Prayer and Paul the Defendant (Acts 21.17-28.31)
III. Conclusion

Chapter 9: CONCLUSIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEXES

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Page last updated 26th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (October 2012)
Weight457g
Number of Pages320
Thickness17 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780567268556
ISBN-100567268551
Product Code4068088
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