By Peter Oakes
Six extraordinary students light up key points of Rome and its impression on early Christianity, emphasizing Roman tradition, Roman authority, and the Christian group in Rome.
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Further, to speak of Jesus as 'son of God' was to invoke a messianic, that is, a royal tide (cf. Ps 2:7) with political overtones. To argue that Luke's insertion of 'king' into the triumphal entry is non-political is naive in a world where Caesar was known as 'king'. For Jesus to read Isaiah 6 1 : Iff. ) cannot be construed as apolitical, for it echoes jubilee legislation that presupposes Israel once again has control of 49 Conzelmann, Theology of St Luke, 137—49. T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God, 2:97-8, 296-7, 310-11, 481-6; Marcus J.
93 94 9 96 30 Rome in the Bible and the Early Church the variety of data from Luke-Acts into view, and h o w m u c h explanatory power the theory has for Luke's intentions in writing. Luke's readership has been widely debated, and is beyond the scope of this chapter. I simply re-emphasise that we should be cautious in mirror-reading Luke-Acts for its audience, particularly in seeking to find a section of Luke's readership for every individual emphasis of the two volumes (see above, pp. 8 - 9 ) .