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Overcoming Resistance: The Holy Spirit as Legitimator of Mission in Luke-Acts

Otobo, Francis Innocent (2019) Overcoming Resistance: The Holy Spirit as Legitimator of Mission in Luke-Acts. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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This thesis argues that the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts functions to legitimate the mission to the Gentiles for Jewish followers of Jesus, both those resisting and those open to the world-wide mission. At the same time, Luke connects with Greco-Roman pneumatic experiences to encourage Gentile believers in their acceptance of the faith. Using a narrative approach together with careful exegesis of selected texts, I show that the Spirit is used to address the challenges of ethnic diversity in the implied audience of the Lukan communities — for both the resisting Jewish Christian reader and those from diverse ethnic backgrounds. In so doing, I argue that the presence of the Spirit at key points of the narrative in both the Lukan Gospel and Acts legitimates the mission to the ethnē in contexts where there is ongoing resistance, both for those resisting and those who are being attracted by the signs of the Spirit.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Holy Spirit, Luke-Acts, legitimation, Gentile mission, Greco-Roman, Jewish Christian resistance
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2020 04:37
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2020 04:37
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3866

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