Prayer and Vindication in Luke-Acts: The Theme of Prayer within the Context of the Legitimating and Edifying Objective of the Lukan Narrative
Holmås, Geir Otto
New York: T&T Clark, 2011 pp. xvi + 300. $130.00
Library of New Testament Studies, 433
Description: Holmas asserts that the distribution of strategically-placed prayer notices and prayers throughout Luke-Acts serves a twofold purpose. First, it is integral to Luke’s project of authenticating the Jesus-movement as accredited by Israel’s God. Holmas shows that Luke presents a consistent pattern of divine affirmation and redemption attending the tenacious prayers of the faithful ones throughout every major phase of his narrative – in turn demonstrating continuity with the pious Israel of the past.
Secondly, most importantly the ‘ultimate’ purpose of Luke’s emphasis on prayer is didactical. In Luke’s gospel Jesus summons his disciples (and implicitly his readers) to confident and persistent prayer before the Eschaton, assuring them of God’s readiness to answer their entreaties. Luke’s historical account as a whole provides narrative reinforcement of this affirmation. Just as God has been consistent in responding to the diligent prayers of his faithful ones in recent history, satisfying and fulfilling Israel’s hopes for redemption in the Jesus movement, he will assuredly secure ultimate vindication at the end of time for those who persist in prayer.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Acts, Literature
Review by Kenneth D. Litwak
Citation: Kenneth D. Litwak, review of Geir Otto Holmås, Prayer and Vindication in Luke-Acts: The Theme of Prayer within the Context of the Legitimating and Edifying Objective of the Lukan Narrative, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).
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