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The Lukan covenant concept: The basis of Israelís mandate in Luke-Acts

Frank Kovaks, John Gosling, Francois Viljoen

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 34, No 1 (2013), 9 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v34i1.697

Submitted: 14 November 2011
Published:  16 April 2013

Abstract

Upon analysis of Lukeís Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles conjoined theoretically in the reading event, the basis of Israelís mandate became pellucid in Lukan terms. This kind of analysis required the viable assumption of conceptual unity behind the gospel and Acts, and the application of the appropriate methodological approach of structural criticism. Morpho-syntactical analysis yielded positive results that suggested text-based evidence concerning Israelís calling. It was observed that the covenant concept presented in its operative aspect of service to God was the basis of Israelís mandate. Luke and Acts appeared to agree that Israel was called to live in obedient righteousness following the call to Abraham to walk blamelessly. The covenant-based calling was affirmed by Isaianic allusions to Israelís mandate to be a light to the nations in her righteousness. The mandateís disruption had disabled Israel, requiring the resolution of Godís deliverance.


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Frank Kovaks, Faculty of Theology, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa
John Gosling, Faculty of Theology, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa
Francois Viljoen, Faculty of Theology, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa

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