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Possessions and Family in the Writings of Luke: Questioning the Unity of Lukeís Ethics
Nordgaard, Stefan

Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2017 pp. 176. Ä33.00

Description: Recent decades have seen substantial questioning of the unity of the books of Luke and Acts. With this volume, Stefan Nordgaard takes a close look at that question, with a specific eye toward Luke's attitude toward possessions and family. He clearly maps out an ethics that is not set in stone, but changes over time, from a chiefly ascetic position in the gospel to a somewhat bourgeois position in Acts. Nordgaard goes on to offer a historical explanation for the change, built around the identity and activities of the person to whom Luke dedicated the books, "the most excellent Theophilus." The result is a book that will push Lucan scholarship in a new direction and alter our understanding of the New Testament's teachings.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Acts, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Sociology, Theological Approaches, Ethics

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Review by Thomas E. Phillips
Published 3/22/2018
Citation: Thomas E. Phillips, review of Stefan Nordgaard, Possessions and Family in the Writings of Luke: Questioning the Unity of Lukeís Ethics, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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