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Ascent Into Heaven in Luke-Acts: New Explorations of Lukeís Narrative Hinge
Bryan, David K. and David W. Pao, editors

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016 pp. xv + 287. $79.00

Description: Luke's two-volume work contains the only narrative depictions of Jesus' ascent into heaven in the New Testament. The significance of the event at the end of the Gospel and the beginning of Acts have long been recognized. While select studies have focused on particular aspects of these accounts, however, the importance of the ascension to Luke-Acts calls for renewed attention to the narratological and theological significance of these accounts. Here, leading scholars discuss the ancient, literary and theological contexts of the ascent-into-heaven accounts for the next generation of interpreters.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Acts, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches

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Review by Mark A. Matson
Published 1/16/2020
Citation: Mark A. Matson, review of David K. Bryan and David W. Pao, eds., Ascent Into Heaven in Luke-Acts: New Explorations of Lukeís Narrative Hinge, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

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