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Ascent into Heaven in Luke-Acts: New Explorations of Luke's Narrative Hinge

Ascent into Heaven in Luke-Acts

New Explorations of Luke's Narrative Hinge

David K. Bryan (Editor), David W. Pao (Editor)


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Luke’s two-volume work contains the only narrative depictions of Jesus’ ascent into heaven in the New Testament. The significance of the event at the end of the Gospel and the beginning of Acts have long been recognized. While select studies have focused on particular aspects of these accounts, however, the importance of the ascension to Luke-Acts calls for renewed attention to the narratological and theological significance of these accounts. Here, leading scholars discuss the ancient, literary and theological contexts of the ascent-into-heaven accounts for the next generation of interpreters. 

  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781451496444
  • eBook ISBN 9781506418964
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 304
  • Publication Date December 1, 2016


Introduction––David K. Bryan and David W. Pao
1. Ascension Scholarship––Arie W. Zwiep

Ancient Contexts
2. Jesus’ Ascension through Old Testament Narrative Traditions––Steve Walton
3. “For David Did Not Ascend into Heaven . . .”––Joshua W. Jipp
4. A Revised Cosmic Hierarchy Revealed––David K. Bryan
5. Benefactor and Paradigm––James Buchanan Wallace

Luke’s Literary Program
6. The Unity of Luke–Acts and the Ascension Narratives––Stanley Porter
7. Jesus’ Ascension and the Lukan Account of the Restoration of Israel––David W. Pao
8. The Ascension and Spatial Theory––Matthew Sleeman
9. Lukan Cosmology