Description: In Luke-Acts, God's kingdom emerges verbally for the first time when Jesus also is initially named: in the Gospel's scene of the Annunciation. Luke's second volume or Acts begins and ends with rare references to God's kingdom ó and again in relation to Jesus! These consistent and conspicuous features indicate that the relationship of the kingdom and Jesus was in the forefront of Luke's intentions for his two-volume work.
The thesis of this book is that Luke understood the relationship of the kingdom and Jesus to be necessary, complex, and dynamic, and that he viewed this relationship as shaped by Jesus' double identity as the heir to David's royal throne ("Christ") and as the uniquely holy and powerful Son of God ("Lord"); for Luke is massively concerned with this double identity of Jesus when he first speaks of him and the kingdom at the Annunciation, and this concern is evident elsewhere in the two volumes when Luke treats of the kingdom.
This interpretation is sustained by a close examination of (1) the Gospel's first four chapters, (2) various groupings of pericopes throughout the Gospel, and (3) every explicit reference to the kingdom in Acts.
Thoroughly a work of biblical exegesis, this book is also eminently theological, and it provides a biblical corrective to current theologies that would simplify or weaken the relationship of God's kingdom to Jesus.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Acts, Literature
Review by Joel B. Green
Citation: Joel B. Green, review of Costantino Ziccardi, The Relationship of Jesus and the Kingdom of God according to Luke-Acts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).
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