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Luke-Acts is the longest and most complex narrative
in the New Testament. It was written by an author of literary skill and
rich imagination who had a complex vision of the significance of Jesus
Christ and of the mission in which he is the central figure. This complex
vision is presented in a unified literary work of two volumes.
With each episode, Luke modifies his style
accordingly. The thoughts and cares of Mary he expresses in motherly words:
he sets the date of the Baptist's initial activity with solemnity; the
failed fishing expedition is couched in trade language. The transfiguration
is mysterious; Paul's confrontation with the Jews in Rome, polemical.
The apostles' prayer and attitude after the ascension is painted in a
hieratic fashion, like an icon. Jesus' encounter with Zacchaeus is vivid,
moving, and almost naive.
|Last updated 10/17/06; first posted 4/20/03; © 2006 John P. Nordin|