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his work" (1971:92).  A summary of Marshall's thought on this subject is concisely given by Verheyden:

He greatly emphasizes that for Luke salvation is not an abstract notion.  It has taken the form of a concrete historical figure.  What Luke tells us in the Gospel about Jesus, his ministry, his proclamation of the Kingdom, and his passion and resurrection is the account of how salvation is realized through Jesus (1999:27).

Bosch maintains that although the universal dimensions of this salvation "remain vague" in the infancy narratives, "not so the references to Israel's salvation!  Luke, the non-Jew, here presents Jesus as first and foremost the Savior of the old covenant people" (1991:92).  Again this would fit well within the motif mentioned earlier that Luke wanted to ground the new Gentile believers deeply into the roots of faithful Israel.  Below is a table which illustrates further parallelisms between Luke and Acts which show the strong connection between the two books.

table 4

The Thematic Structure of Luke-Acts

(Stronstad 1984:34)

Luke

Acts

Beginning

Birth, anointing of Jesus

Baptism, filling of disciples

Inaugural Proclamation

Jesus' Nazareth sermon

Peter's Pentecost sermon

Confirmatory Miracles

Casting out demons and healing sick in Capernaum

Healing lame man at Beautiful gate

Success

Widespread popular acclaim

Widespread popular acclaim

Opposition

Pharisees, leaders of the Jews

Sanhedrin, Jews of the dispersion

Travel

Itinerant ministry in Galilee, Judea

Missionary journeys of Peter and Paul

Arrest and Trial

Threefold trial: Before Sanhedrin, Pilate, Herod

Threefold trial: before Felix, Festus, and Agrippa

Consummation

The Cross

Rome

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