The meaning of salvation in Luke-Acts : an enquiry into Luke's understanding of salvation
Mchunu, Lucky Nhlanhla
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Through a contextual reading of the selected passages in Luke-Acts, this study seeks to present Luke’s understanding of the meaning of salvation in his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. The first chapter gives an introduction by way of showing the main motivation for the study and lays foundation for the whole project. The second chapter provides a brief analysis of various interpretations of Luke’s understanding of salvation. The focus is on three selected scholars, namely Hans Conzelmann - The Theology of St Luke, Howard Marshall - Luke – Historian and Theologian and Jacob Jervell - Luke and the People of God. Their views are presented and evaluated in line with the main objective of the project. The third chapter is the backbone of this project. It is an exegetical study of five key selected passages that clearly focus on salvation in Luke-Acts. Through a careful exposition of each of these passages, the aim is to understand Luke’s understanding of the meaning of salvation. A number of scholars are consulted in this chapter to sustain the main theses of the project. The research also contextualises this project in the sense of relating the findings to the socio-economic and socio-political historical background. The fourth chapter reflects on the meaning of salvation in Luke-Acts. In a sense it wraps up the main argument and presents findings more clearly and openly based on the exegetical work of chapter three. It is argued in this chapter that Luke’s salvation encompasses a total transformation of human life: sociologically, politically and spiritually. The final chapter brings the whole project to a full circle as it serves as a summary and conclusion of the whole project. It draws conclusions of the project with practical implications for the Church in South Africa in the 21st century.
- Theology