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The use of Isaiah in the Lukan writings has long been recognized. David W. Pao examines the wider relationship between Isaiah and the theological program of Acts and thus proposes a new reading of them. As the Isaianic program draws from the foundation story of ancient Israel, the New Exodus program of Isaiah provides the hermeneutical paradigm in which the narrative in Acts can be understood. David W. Pao deals with the interpretation of the entire second volume of the Lukan narrative as well as of the individual episodes. The wider framework provided by Isaiah supplies the organizing principle for the inclusion of various individual stories; and the recognition of the Isaianic context also provides the clue to the identification of the function of the Lukan narrative.In the study of the individual Isaianic quotations and allusions that frame the Lukan narrative, one can appreciate the dramatic reversal of the Isaianic judgment-salvation scheme only when examined against the wider context of Isaiah. In the delineation of the theme of restoration, the coherence of the first half of Acts becomes apparent. And in tracing the conquest journey of the hypostatized Word of God and its relationship to its community, one is forced to reevaluate the traditional understanding of the main characters of the narrative; and this focus on the Word also provides striking parallel to the journey of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. The study of the opponent of the Word in Acts can then reveal the importance of the underlying anti-idol polemic. Finally, the examination of the role of the nations in Isaiah will also highlight the ways in which the Lukan project moves beyond the Isaianic vision.
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"David Pao's richly detailed and persuasive analysis admirably demonstrates the centrality of Isaianic New Exodus themes for the soteriology and ecclesiology of Acts, and thereby also illuminates, in an original manner, other important themes in Luke's work." -Max Turner, London Bible College "Enriches and enlivens every thoughtful reading of Acts. No one who teaches or preaches through Acts will want to be without this volume." -D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School "Contemporary scholarship increasingly recognizes the importance of the Old Testament in the New. Earlier scholars established the significance of Isaiah's theme of the New Exodus for the early Christians; now David Pao argues for its central role in Acts and helps us to read Luke's work from a fresh angle." -I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen "Pao moves the conversation forward in a welcome way by highlighting the pervasiveness of the Scriptures' influence in Luke's narrative, emphasizing Luke's deployment of the Scriptures in the service of ecclesiology and demonstrating how Luke has appropriated the scriptural tradition in profoundly constructive ways." -Joel B. Green, Asbury Theological Seminary "Persuasively shows the wide and deep influence of the Isaianic New Exodus motif on Luke's presentation of the early church and the purposes of God in Acts. This careful and detailed work deserves to be read widely. I commend it most warmly to all who wish to increase their understanding of Acts." -Steve Walton, London Bible College "The book is a valuable contribution, for a comprehensive biblical theology of the Old and New Testaments and for a better evaluation of Luke as a theologian of salvationhistory." -Martin Hengel, University of Tubingen David W. Pao (Ph.D., Harvard University) is assistant professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.About the Author:
David W. Pao (PhD Harvard University) is Professor of New Testament and Chair of the New Testament Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His publications include Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus, Thanksgiving: An Investigation of a Pauline Theme, Early Christian Voices: In Texts, Traditions, and Symbols (coeditor), Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, and After Imperialism: Christian Identity in China and the Global Evangelical Movement (coeditor).
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