Description: Because of Luke's unique literary achievement in the Gospel of Luke and Acts, these two works raise a variety of interesting and important issues for the exegete. In this important collection of essays, Tannehill demonstrates why he has been in the forefront of Luke-Acts research for more than three decades. His nuanced approach to the intersection of literary, theological, and social features in the texts marks these as required reading for any interpreter of the gospels. Contents Part I: Theology, Poetry, Rhetoric 1 The Mission of Jesus according to Luke 4:16-30 2 The Magnificat as Poem 3 What Kind of King? What Kind of Kingdom? 4 The Lukan Discourse on Invitations 5 The Story of Zacchaeus as Rhetoric 6 Repentance in the Context of Lukan Soteriology Part II: Luke and the Jews 7 Israel in Luke-Acts: A Tragic Story 8 The Story of Israel within the Lukan Narrative 9 Rejection by Jews and Turning to Gentiles: The Pattern of Paul's Mission in Acts Part III: Acts as Narrative 10 The Functions of Peter's Mission Speeches in the Narrative of Acts 11 The Composition of Acts 3-5: Narrative Development and Echo Effect 12 Paul outside the Christian Ghetto: Intercultural Conflict and Cooperation in Acts 13 The Narrator's Strategy in the Scenes of Paul's Defense Part IV: Hermeneutical Experiments 14 Should We Love Simon the Pharisee? Reflections on the Pharisees in Luke 15 Freedom and Responsibility in Scripture Interpretation 16 ""Cornelius"" and ""Tabitha"" Encounter Luke's Jesus About the Contributor(s): Robert C. Tannehill is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He is also the author of 'The Sword of His Mouth, ' 'Dying and Rising with Christ, ' and 'The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts.'