The Unity of Luke-Acts Luke 1:1-4, 24:44-53, and Acts 1:1-2:4 The purpose of the assignment is to introduce the student to the literary relationship (common themes) between Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. The goal of the assignment is to understand how authors continue storylines from one episode to the next and make application of that process to Luke 1:1-4, 24:44-53, and Acts 1:1-2:2. 1. The goal of this assignment is learn how to support your argument with textual evidence from the Bible. Look at the following video clips which will guide you through this process. Then you will be ready to write your paper. The video clips will provide help to understand inferences and the use of textual evidence. By the way, you will not be required to do the exercise or quiz in the video clips. a. The first video is a short, 3 minute introduction to the concept of inferences and textual evidences. It is found at: http://youtu.be/to30AJm2epQ b. The second video is a 7 minute overview of how to find inferences and textual evidences in a text, such as a Bible passage. It is found at: http://youtu.be/T5A-mOqB4Pc 2. Complete the following reading assignments giving particular attention to the themes that Luke and Acts have in common. Luke 1:1-4, 24:44-53, and Acts 1:1-2:2 (these passages are included for you) â€œLuke, Gospel ofâ€ and â€œActs, Book ofâ€ in the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Find at: http://www.studylight.org/dic/hbd/ 3. What are the major themes observed in both Luke 1:1-4, 24:44-53, and Acts 1:1-2:2 and how do they demonstrate the unity of Luke-Acts? List the themes that 1:1-4, 24:44-53, and Acts 1:1-2:2 have in common. You may use outside sources for this part of the assignment. 4. We often see storylines which are continued across episodes of television series or movie sequels. Some examples of the continuation of story lines across episodes are previewed scenes, replayed scenes, allusive statements, etc. Based on your determination of the themes common to the assigned passages, list the ways in which Luke continues the storyline across the two books. 5. Using information gained from answers to questions 3, and 4write a250-300 word essay demonstrating the literary unity (the common themes) of Luke-Acts.Be sure to support your argument with textual evidencefrom the assigned passages only (remember the videos!) Upon successfully completely this assignment, the student will be able to identify common themes in books of the New Testament, show connections between New Testament books, and express thematic connections in written form. â€ƒ Luke 1:1-4 and 24:44-53 Acts 1:1-2:4 1:1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. 24:44 Then he said to them, â€œThese are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.â€ 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, â€œThus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimedin his nameto all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.â€50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and re
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