The first readers of Luke’s narrative would perhaps not have seen his story as a nostalgic recollection of a time past but rather as a summons to an ideal that might be in danger of being lost, not as a work of bland historiography but as a thrilling act of utopian imagination, less a neutral report on how things were than as a normative prescription for how things ought to be. Luke’s two-volume work, in short, may well itself have had a prophetic character for its earliest readers, who could see his depiction of Jesus’ ministry and the work of Jesus’ prophetic successors as a challenge to the present condition of the church in the late first century.
Luke Timothy Johnson. Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church: The Challenge of Luke-Acts to Contemporary Christians (Kindle Locations 92-96). Kindle Edition.
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