Whereas NT theology has been the subject of a large amount of sophisticated analysis, the lack of methodological reflection regarding what it means to speak of the theology of a distinct NT text is surprising, especially given that the task is foundational, one would suppose, for the larger project. One should begin, then, by asking the methodological question: what does it mean to speak of a theology of a distinct NT text? Related, what is theology, and how does it, or how should it, determine the task of writing a theology of Luke–Acts? What sets apart a theology of Luke–Acts from, say, a literary analysis, a motif-oriented study, or a historiographical examination? And what is the relationship between theology and genre, in this instance, theology and narrative? My basic claim is that a "theology of Luke–Acts" should render the kerygmatic intention of Luke in such a way so as to explicate the epistemological, existential, and theological claims that Luke's narrative makes on the reader. The subject of Luke–Acts is the living God as revealed in Jesus Christ and, as Acts would have us affirm, within his church. Therefore, to speak of a theology of Luke–Acts presumes that God's presence is truly experienced within the lives of his people through these writings. A theology of a NT composition, then, should include both rigorous historical and literary attention to the text as well as attention to the way the biblical text elicits human faith, knowledge of God, and humanity's relation to God.

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