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The Fate of the Jerusalem Temple in Luke-Acts: An Intertextual Approach to Jesusí Laments over Jerusalem and Stephenís Speech
Smith, Steve

London: Bloomsbury, 2017 pp. xvi + 235. $114.00

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Library of New Testament Studies, 553


Description: What was Luke's attitude to the Jerusalem temple? Steve Smith examines the key texts which concern the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in Luke-Acts. Smith proposes that Acts 7 is a fuller discussion of the material contained in the Gospel sayings on this subject, which themselves make frequent allusion to the Old Testament and the interpretation of which thus requires an understanding of Luke's use of the Old Testament. Accordingly, in this work, Steve Smith makes a thorough review of Luke's use of the Old Testament, and proposes that relevance theory is a capable hermeneutical tool to permit the reconstruction of how Luke's readers would have understood references to the Old Testament. Using this approach, the key texts from Luke-Acts are examined sequentially, and Luke's apparent criticism of the temple is examined in a new light.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Acts, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Other History

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Review by C. Jason Borders
Published 7/19/2018
Citation: C. Jason Borders, review of Steve Smith, The Fate of the Jerusalem Temple in Luke-Acts: An Intertextual Approach to Jesusí Laments over Jerusalem and Stephenís Speech, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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