Audience

Luke-Acts was written to be read aloud to a group of Jesus-followers gathered in a house to share the Lord’s supper.  The author assumes an educated Greek-speaking audience, but directs his attention to specifically Christian concerns rather than to the Greco-Roman world at large.  Thus, Luke–Acts was intended as a work of “edification,” the empirical demonstration that virtue is superior to vice.  Acts was read as a reliable history of the early church well into the post-Reformation era, but by the 17th century biblical scholars began to notice that it was incomplete and had a theological program.

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