Date of Award

2021

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Religious and Theological Studies

First Advisor

Gregory A. Robbins

Second Advisor

Pamela Eisenbaum

Third Advisor

Adam Rovner

Keywords

Authorship, Early Judaism, Interdisciplinary, Jewish-Christian, Luke-Acts, New Testament

Abstract

This dissertation challenges the long-held assumption that the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles were written by a gentile Christian, arguing instead that the author of these texts was an educated follower of “the Way” who was raised and enculturated within a Hellenistic Jewish context. Advancing from a consciously interdisciplinary perspective, it probes the question of Lukan authorship variously from reception history and social memory theory, intertextuality studies, thematic analysis informed by historical and literary criticism, and incorporates emerging insights from the field of cognitive linguistics. It concludes with a reflection upon some of the potential ethical consequences, both ancient and contemporary, of reading Luke and Acts under the assumption of either gentile or Jewish authorship.

Publication Statement

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Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Joshua Paul Smith

File size

468 pgs

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Biblical studies, Judaic studies, Religion

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