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Luke-Acts and the Jews: Conflict, Apology, and Conciliation
Robert L. Brawley
Publication Date
January 1997


Luke-Acts and the Jews challenges the prevalent reading of Luke-Acts as a triumph of Gentile Christianity over Judaism by demonstrating the inadequacy of “the conventional theory that Luke gives up on the Jew as hopelessly hardened against the gospel and that he views them as providing antecedents for Christianity only as a part of a remote past” and by offering an alternative proposal, “that Luke responds to Jewish antagonism apologetically and proffers conciliation. … Rather than setting gentile Christianity free, Luke ties it to Judaism. And rather than rejecting the Jews, Luke appeals to them.” To make his case, Brawley reevaluates the rejection of Jesus in Nazareth, demonstrates the inadequacy of reading Acts as the story of the definitive transition of the gospel from Jews to Gentiles, and views the last half of Acts as the particular story of Paul rather than of Christianity as such.

“This monograph makes an important contribution to studies on Luke-Acts in general and to a more nuanced understanding of Luke’s view of first-century non-Christian Judaism(s) in particular.”
—Jeffrey S. Siker, Journal of Biblical Literature