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Conversion in Luke and Paul: Some Exegetical and Theological Explorations

MORLAN, DAVID,SCOTT (2010) Conversion in Luke and Paul: Some Exegetical and Theological Explorations. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.



This dissertation explores the conversion theologies of Luke and Paul. For Luke and Paul conversion played an important role in the early Christian experience and in this dissertation we take a fresh look into how they interpreted this phenomenon. We traverse representative texts in the Lukan and Pauline corpus equipped with three theological
questions. What is the change involved in conversion? Why is conversion necessary? Who is responsible for conversion? In our theological and exegetical analysis of Luke 15, Acts 2, Acts 17:16-34, Romans 2 and Romans 9-11 we answer these three theological questions, which then builds a theological profile for both Luke and Paul. These profiles
provide fresh insight into the theological relationship between Luke and Paul showing significant similarities as well as sharp contrasts between them. Differences emerge concerning their understanding of repentance as well as in the correlation between conversion and creation: for Luke, conversion is the restored imago dei of the original creation while for Paul it is a fresh act by God of New Creation. Similarities surface between Luke and Paul concerning the centrality of Christology in their conversion theologies. While showing a complex relationship between human and divine agency in
conversion, both Luke and Paul understand successful conversion to be impossible without the intervention of an agency outside of the pre-convert.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:Conversion, Salvation, Luke, Paul, New Testament, Theology, Comparative Analysis, Romans 2, Romans 9-11, Luke 15, Acts 2, Bultmann, Baur, Kasemann.
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Theology and Religion, Department of
Thesis Date:2010
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:25 Oct 2010 10:04

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