"All that God had Done with Them": The Narration of the Works of God in the Early Christian Community as Described in the Acts of the Apostles

by Linda M. Maloney
     
 

Does God act in history? Many passages in the Bible speak with confidence of such action: but does it continue? What does this concept say to us today? By what criteria might we evaluate the events of our own time as the work of God in history? The present study brings to the discussion of these questions the voice of the author of Luke-Acts. It demonstrates

Overview

Does God act in history? Many passages in the Bible speak with confidence of such action: but does it continue? What does this concept say to us today? By what criteria might we evaluate the events of our own time as the work of God in history? The present study brings to the discussion of these questions the voice of the author of Luke-Acts. It demonstrates the existence of a literary schema in the intra-community discourse in Acts in which God's deeds in history are the central topic, and which presents a set of criteria for calling an event or set of events the work of God. It thus furnishes a solid New Testament basis from which faith communities may begin in their discernment of the reality and the meaning for today of God's working among us.

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«Especially admirable is M.'s ecumenical approach to versions of the Bible... Careful readers will find stimulation in it for further appreciation of Luke's enormous grasp of the momentous import of events.» (Frederick Danker, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820414102
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/1991
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 7: Theology and Religion , #91
Pages:
238

Meet the Author

The Author: Linda M. Maloney holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from St. Louis University, with emphasis in History, Religious Studies, and American Studies. She received her Th.D. in New Testament in 1990, magna cum laude, from the Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen, Germany. Her previous publications, primarily in History, include The Captain from Connecticut: The Life and Naval Times of Isaac Hull (1986), and numerous articles. In 1969-1970 she was a postdoctoral fellow of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She is presently Assistant Professor of New Testament at the Franciscan School of Theology, Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley.

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