The Trial of the Gospel: An Apologetic Reading of Luke's Trial Narratives

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Overview

For many years Luke-Acts has been studied as a work of history and theology. The Trial of the Gospel sets out to examine Luke's writings as an apologetic work, by focusing on those parts of Luke's story where the apologetic overtones seem most prominent - the trial narratives. By analysing the trials of all major Lukan characters - Jesus, Peter, Stephen, and Paul - Alexandru Neagoe argues that the narratives are best understood when viewed as part of Luke's apologia pro evangelio, a purpose which is in keeping with the author's declared aim to give his readers 'assurance' about the 'matters' in which they had been instructed (Luke 1.4). Neagoe concludes that the specific role of the trial narratives is to provide the framework within which important tenets of the Christian faith are themselves put 'on trial' before the reader, with the intended result of the gospel's confirmation.
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"This is an impressive, challenging study, one that makes a good case for Luke-Acts having a strong apologetic element in its argumentation." Allison A. Trites, Acadia Divinity College, Toronto Journal of Theology
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Meet the Author

Alexandru Neagoe is Lecturer at the Areopagus Centre for Christian Education and Contemporary Culture and Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Timisoara, Romania.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 3
Pt. 1 Jesus on Trial
2 Narrative precedents of Jesus' trial 27
3 Luke's account of Jesus' trial 62
4 The trial of Jesus in narrative retrospection 91
Pt. 2 The Church on Trial
5 The trials of Peter 131
6 The 'trial' of Stephen 152
7 The trials of Paul 175
8 Conclusions 219
Bibliography 228
Index of biblical passages 243
Index of subjects 251
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