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The Apologetic Revisited

Exonerating Luke from an Ancestral Exegetical and Theological Burden


Innocent Emezie Ezeani

The trend in the scholarship of Luke has been that of presenting Luke as being interested in the survival of Christianity within the Power apparatus of the Roman world. To achieve this pivotal aim, he seems to overlook the abysmal social maladies and wrongdoings of the Powerful of his time hoping not to endanger the peace and tranquility of Christianity. The intention of this research, however, is to show the defiance and fearlessness of Luke in dealing with the rich and the Powerful. He did not compromise the basic teachings of Christianity even in his respect for the constituted profane Authorities of the Roman order. A second proper look beholds the critical dynamics of his Gospel and the Acts, beginning with the Magnificat running through the angelic Annunciation scene and the Temptation of Jesus and ending with the punishment of Herod Agrippa. The reader beholds a hitherto unknown Luke, who operates from a particular critical stance and distance to the Powerful from the sociological perspective of hidden transcripts.
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This book is the fruit of a Dissertation project that I started in the winter semester of 2005/06 and submitted in the winter semester of 2009/10 to the theology faculty of the Bavarian Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Germany. I defended it with my final examination for a doctorate degree in catholic theology on the 2nd of June 2010. In the course of these years, I did a little reworking on it hoping not only to capture but also to transmit the very essence of what I considered to be a rereading of the Gospel of Luke regarding Power and Domination, an initial agitation that actually prompted the research. From this perspective, I hope to have been able to situate the message of Luke as being adequate to address the abysmal maladies of the present society, not only theologically but also in terms of Politics. I owe many people thanks for the realisation of this work.

For the manifold opportunity of engaging in this study and for other things, with which I am blessed, especially for the gift of Life, I am profoundly indebted to God Almighty, not only for all He has made of me, but also for all He has given me. My prayer of praise to Him remains the Magnificat, which happens to be a part of this study. I say a hearty “Thanks” to my parents Chief and Mrs. I. O. Ezeani for jointly saying “Yes” to the will of God...

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