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Prayer and Vindication in Luke - Acts


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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABBREVIATIONS Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION I. Problem and Purpose II. Previous Monographs on Lukan Prayer III Method and Outline PART ONE: LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS Chapter 2 DELIMITING THE SCOPE OF THE STUDY: SEMANTIC CONSIDERATIONS AND TEXT SELECTION I. Introduction: The Challenge of Defining Lukan Prayer II. Lexical Field and Semantic Range III Syntagmatic Field IV Conclusion: Delimiting the Perimeters of the Study Chapter 3 OUTLINING THE CONTROLLING AGENDA OF LUKE-ACTS: LUKAN PRAYER WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE HISTORIOGRAPHICAL AIMS OF THE DOUBLE WORK I. Introduction II. Luke-Acts as Ancient Historia and the Bearing of Luke's Historiographical Aims on the Presentation of Prayer A. Luke-Acts as Apologetic Historiography: Legitimating the Jesus Movement B. Luke-Acts and the Educative Function of Ancient Historia C. The Rhetorical Situation of Luke-Acts and the Makeup of Luke's Intended Readers D. The Theme of Prayer within the Context of the Legitimating and Edifying Objective of Luke-Acts: A Preliminary Sketch PART TWO: THE THEME OF PRAYER IN THE GOSPEL OF LUKE Chapter 4 PRAYER AND ISRAEL&S217;S HOPE AT THE OPENING OF LUKE'S GOSPEL (LUKE 1-2) I. Luke 1-2 as the Beginning of the Lukan Narrative II. Text Analysis A. Prayer in the Opening Episode of Luke's Gospel (1.5-25) B. Jerusalem Prophets at Prayer: Simeon and Anna (Luke 2.25-38) Chapter 5 THE PRAY-ER PAR EXCELLENCE: THE LUKAN PORTRAIT OF THE PRAYING JESUS (LUKE 3-24) I. Prayer in the Life and Mission of Jesus: Overview and Procedure II. The Function of the Lukan Portrait of the Praying Jesus-A New Proposal III Text Analysis A. Jesus' Practice of Prayer During His Public Ministry (Luke 3-11) B. Jesus' Passion Prayers (Luke 22-23) V Conclusion Chapter 6 MODELING PRAYER: PRAYER AND DISCIPLESHIP IN THE PERIOD OF JESUS I. Introduction: The Profile and Character of the Prayer Didactic Emphasis in Luke's Gospel II. Prayer and the Formation of the Disciples Under the Tutelage of Jesus: Overview III. Text Analysis A. The Galilean Phase (Luke 4.14-9.50): Preliminaries B. The Travel Narrative (Luke 9.51-19.44) and the Pre-Passion Jerusalem Phase (Luke 19.45-21.38): Extensive Prayer Instruction EXCURSUS I: THE GENERAL TEACHING ON PRAYER AND LUKE'S INTENDED READERSHIP C. The Passion Crisis (Luke 22-23): Failure to Pray IV. Conclusion and Outlook PART THREE: THE THEME OF PRAYER IN THE BOOK OF ACTS Chapter 7 PERSISTENT PRAYER AND THE FORMATION AND THE FORMATION AND EXPANSION OF THE RESTORED PEOPLE: PRAYER IN THE LIFE AND MISSION OF THE EARLY COMMUNITY IN ACTS (ACTS 1-12) I. Prayer in the Book of Acts and the Unity Issue: Methodological Considerations A. The Scholarly Discussion of the Unity of Luke-Acts B. The Unity of Luke-Acts and the Theme of Prayer C. Procedure II. Prayer and the Formation and Growth of the Messianic People in Jerusalem and Beyond (Acts 1-12): Overview III. Text Analysis A. The Apostles and the Early Believers in Jerusalem in Prayer (Acts 1-7) EXCURSUS II: PRAYER AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE ACTS NARRATIVE B. Beyond Jerusalem: Praying 'Servants of the Word' and Praying Would-Be Believers (Acts 8-11) C. A Final Time: The Jerusalem Community Importuning God (Acts 12) IV. Conclusion Chapter 8 BETWEEN HARDSHIP AND HOPE: PRAYER IN THE CONTEXT OF PAUL'S MISSION AND TRIAL (ACTS 13-28) I. Paul and his Companions in Prayer - Paul on Prayer: Overview II. Text Analysis A. Commended to the Lord-Prayer Surrounding Paul's Diaspora Mission (Acts 13.1-21.16) B. Worshipping God according to the Way: Prayer and Paul the Defendant (Acts 21.17-28.31) III. Conclusion Chapter 9 CONCLUSIONS BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEXES

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Geir Otto Holmas is Associate Professor of New Testament at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, Norway. His recent publications include articles on narrative-critical methodology and theological hermeneutics.


Holmas's work is particularly noteworthy for its analysis of German scholarship; this volume will ably familiarize many non-German readers with the significant body of German literature on the topic...the volume is the new "must read" for people interested in prayer in Luke-Acts. -- Thomas E. Phillips * Religious Studies Review *
Holmas' study is no doubt of great value. It contains both deep textual analysis and consideration of previous exegetical efforts. It relies on existing studies and yet presses on to forge its own original contributions. * The Biblical Annals *

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