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The Temple in Early ChristianityExperiencing the Sacred$
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Eyal Regev and John Collins

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197884

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197884.001.0001

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Luke–Acts: Living and Dying with the Temple

Luke–Acts: Living and Dying with the Temple

(p.153) 5 Luke–Acts: Living and Dying with the Temple
The Temple in Early Christianity

Eyal Regev

Yale University Press

This chapter assesses both the gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Some claim that Luke actually contests the holiness of the Temple in Jewish tradition while situating Jesus within it. For Luke, Jesus becomes more important than the Temple. He provides forgiveness, brings peace between God and humankind, and eventually takes over the function of the Temple, extending it to the Gentiles. The divine presence in the Temple stems from Jesus—and he actually transforms the Temple's sacredness. It is not uncommon to find scholars who argue that from Luke's perspective the Christian community in Jerusalem represents the new Temple. Support for this idea is presented from Acts, but it is not sufficient. The chapter then considers whether or not Luke's understanding of the Temple continues traditional Jewish views or merely uses the Temple as a platform for Christian doctrine.

Keywords:   gospel, Luke, Acts, Temple, Jewish tradition, Jesus, Christian community, Jerusalem, Christian doctrine

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