The Significance Of Theophilus As Luke's Reader (Studies in the Bible and Early Christianity)

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Few studies of Luke's Gospel (or Acts) give much attention to Theophilus and his potential significance despite the fact that Luke indicates specifically that he is writing 'for Theophilus'. Those which do not recognize the importance of Theophilus nevertheless dismiss him because almost nothing is known about the individual. Admittedly, we are left to conjecture and theory but the task, however daunting, is still necessary. A proper appreciation of Luke's Gospel - particularly when it departs from Markan tradition - must look to Theophilus' interests and concerns as the likely influence on the way the material is presented. To ignore Theophilus and to refer instead to Luke's 'church audience' is dangerous. This book attempts to solve the mystery of Theophilus and the man's influence on Luke's version of the tradition. As noted by H.J. Cadbury, the New Testament scholar is a virtual detective.

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Dr. Garrison obtained a B.A. from Westminister College, an M.A. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, a MLitt. from Keble College, Oxford University and a PhD from the University of Toronto. He is ordained in the PCUSA and has served a number of churches as Minister. He has taught Religion courses, full-time and part-time, at Westminister College, Buena Vista University and Thiel College.

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"Roman Garrison takes as his starting point for this book the question "What influence might Theophilus as his reading audience have had on Luke's choices as a writer?". Garrison argues that Theophilus was a Gentile non-Christian who was loyal to the Roman Empire and who, after reading the Gospel of Mark "had come to have serious misgivings about the various relationships among Christianity, the Jewish faction responsible for the war with the Romans, and the Empire itself". In response to Theophilus' concerns, Luke wrote his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles as, "an attempt....to present Christianity as supportive of the Empire and recognized by Roman governing authorities as innocent of any charges of seditious conduct on the part of its adherents".....the arguments put forth by Garrison in this book are persuasive.....I enjoyed reading Garrison's book. It presents an intriguing, and mostly convincing, portrayal of Theophilus and presents a persuasive argument regarding why Luke wrote his two-volume work to Theophilus and why Luke-Acts has a strongly pro-Roman outlook." - James A. Durlesser, PhD, Stone United Methodist Church"

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