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The Sinner in Luke
Adams, Dwayne H.

Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2008 pp. xxvi + 204. $25.00

Series Information
Evangelical Theology Society Monograph Series, 8

Description: This study examines the use of the term "sinner" in Luke-Acts. There is at present no scholarly consensus on the identity of the "sinner" in the Synoptic Gospels. Although the term is important in the Gospel of Luke, few works target the role of the sinner in it. Even fewer address the curious absence of "sinner" in Acts. Luke's narrative of Jesus's mission to "sinners," together with the comments about Gentiles in the Gospel, prepare readers for the mission to Gentiles in Acts. Luke provides a link for readers by demonstrating how a Jewish religious sect made up of ¹shermen, toll-collectors, and "sinners," who claimed to have found the Messiah, became a religion with a wide Gentile following. In his use of the term "sinner," Luke suggests that "repentant Jewish sinners" and "repentant Gentile followers" of Jesus represent a ful¹llment of God's promise of universal salvation.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Literature

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Review by I. Howard Marshall
Published 1/17/2009
Citation: I. Howard Marshall, review of Dwayne H. Adams, The Sinner in Luke, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2009).

Review by Bruce Chilton
Published 1/17/2009
Citation: Bruce Chilton, review of Dwayne H. Adams, The Sinner in Luke, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2009).

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