Luke by Mikeal C. Parsons
Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist

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Advanced college students, seminarians, and graduate students will appreciate this broadly accessible introduction to Christianity's first historian and his work. Parsons examines Luke as a storyteller within the context of ancient rhetorical criticism as practiced in the Hellenistic world and as represented by the Hellenistic rhetorical tradition. Moving on to Luke as an interpreter of traditional materials and social conventions, he ends with an exploration of Luke the evangelist, and his view of Jesus as a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for the glory of the people of Israel. Considering these three angles of vision and the clarity each one provides for understanding Luke and Acts, Parsons offers a significant contribution to the overall appreciation for Luke's literary and theological accomplishments.

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Mikeal Parsons is Professor of Religion at Baylor University. Parsons earned his Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of "The Departure of Jesus in Luke-Acts" (1987); "Rethinking the Unity of Luke and Acts" (1993); and, with Heidi J. Hornick, "Illuminating Luke: The Infancy Narrative in Italian Renaissance Painting" (2003).
Published January 1, 2007 by Baker Academic. 256 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Hornik, a professor of religion, and Parsons, an art historian, team up to offer this study of Italian Renaissance depictions of Jesus' birth and childhood as told in the Gospel of Luke.

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In this well-researched, if specialized, study, Baylor University scholar Parsons draws on a wealth of resources to explore how the author of the Gospel of Luke functions as an ancient bard, an interpreter of received traditions and an evangelist of the early Church.

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