Family and Table-Fellowship in the Writings of Luke
This chapter shows how the identity of the people of God lies at the very center of the theological program of Luke, whose writings provide the context for the understanding of the life of Jesus and the ministry of the apostles. It focuses on the use of two related metaphors that were evoked to address the issue of the identity of God's people: family and table-fellowship. It begins with the examination of the context within which the identity of the ancient personality is constructed. In addition, it discusses Jesus' participation in table-fellowship and his parables where the ideal banquet is portrayed. The emphasis on table-fellowship adds to the understanding of the inclusiveness of the new family of God. In general, the knowledge of the numerous obstacles to the practice of Luke's vision should not lead to the discouragement from recognizing the role of the church as powerful witness in the multi-cultural world of the 21st century.
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