Interpretation of Luke-Acts and Implications for Jewish-Christian Dialogue

Anthony J. Saldarini

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1992

Issue: Luke-Acts (Vol. 12, No 1, Winter, 1992)

The author of Luke-Acts has no grand theological or historical scheme; like the preachers and teachers of today, he interprets God’s work in the concrete circumstances of his time and situation. The words and deeds of Jesus and his followers reflect the author’s understanding of God and his community’s situation in the late first century. He has ambitiously sought to assimilate the whole of the Jewish tradition and the entire gentile world into a universal, saved community. His project is filled with tension, conflict, and mystery, and its outcome is vague because still unrealized. Nineteen hundred years later, Christians are still trying to understand and actualize Luke’s vision with the help of the New Testament, Christian tradition, and our communal experience.

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