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Prayer and Vindication in Luke Acts

March 2011
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A new book has recently been published, originating from a Norwegian dissertation a few years ago:

Geir O. Holmås, Prayer and Vindication in Luke Acts: The Theme of Prayer within the Context of the Legitimating and Edifying Objective of the Lukan Narrative (Library of New Testament Studies; T.& T.Clark Ltd, 24 Mar 2011) 329 pages. £70).

It can now be bought at Amazon.co.uk(£66.50), Amazon.com ($112.34) as well as at the Publisher, and other bookstores.
It is a major study of Prayer in Luke-Acts, and deserves wide reading of al studetns of Luke-Acts. The publisher characterizes the study thus: “This is a comprehensive study of the literary function of prayer in “Luke-Acts”, employing narrative critical methodology and focusing on the theme’s relation to Luke’s historiographical aims Holmas asserts that the distribution of strategically-placed prayer notices and prayers throughout “Luke-Acts” serves a twofold purpose. First, it is integral to Luke’s project of authenticating the Jesus-movement as accredited by Israel’s God. Holmas shows that Luke presents a consistent pattern of divine affirmation and redemption attending the tenacious prayers of the faithful ones throughout every major phase of his narrative – in turn demonstrating continuity with the pious Israel of the past. Secondly, most importantly the ‘ultimate’ purpose of Luke’s emphasis on prayer is didactical. In Luke’s gospel Jesus summons his disciples (and implicitly his readers) to confident and persistent prayer before the Eschaton, assuring them of God’s readiness to answer their entreaties. Luke’s historical account as a whole provides narrative reinforcement of this affirmation. Just as God has been consistent in responding to the diligent prayers of his faithful ones in recent history, satisfying and fulfilling Israel’s hopes for redemption in the Jesus movement, he will assuredly secure ultimate vindication at the end of time for those who persist in prayer.”
Geir Otto Holmas is Associate Professor of New Testament at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, Norway. (His family name is Holmås; on the front of the book it seems to have been changed to Holmas).


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