Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 14:23:21 -0500
From: y.kuchinsky@utoronto.ca
To: m.s.goodacre@bham.ac.uk
Cc: crosstalk@info.harpercollins.com
Subject: Re: Jesus in Acts

Re: the composition history of Acts.

Loisy is sure that the original writings to Theophilus were merely the
basis for the canonical Luke. An editor took these writings to Theophilus
and expanded them very considerably at a late stage.

"In [Lk] we find the first book to Theophilus not only augmented by the
birth-legends [that originally were not there -- Yuri] but substantially
remodelled and completed, and the same operations have been carried out on
the second book in the Acts of the Apostles. The question of dates is one
question for the two writings both in their original and their canonical
forms. Enough has been said to entitle us to affirm that the author of the
original books to Theophilus wrote in the early years of the second
century, at a time when the Christian community in Rome had not entirely
rallied to the observance of the Sunday Easter. The subsequent edition
presupposes the Sunday observance as completely adopted." (Loisy, ORIGINS,
p. 195) 

On Wed, 3 Dec 1997, Mark Goodacre wrote to Yuri:

> I like the idea 
> that Luke is somehow a prequel to Acts, rather as David Lynch's "Fire 
> Walk With Me", the prequel to the "Twin Peaks" series, was produced 
> after that series.
> Thus Luke writes up his Centurion story (7.1-10) with overtones of 
> the Cornelius story that he has already written in Acts 10.

According to Loisy, the editorial intention of the _editor_ (not of the
writer to Theophilus) here is to put Peter above Paul as the first apostle
to the Gentiles. Baptism of Cornelius is significant in order

"to make it appear that ... Peter was the first to accept a pagan convert
without compelling him to be circumcised (10:44-48). The same motive
inspires the apology for his conduct which Peter goes on to offer to
"those who were of the circumcision" in Jerusalem (11:1-18). All this our
editor places before coming to the foundation of the Church in Antioch, by
way of putting Peter above Paul and of reserving to Peter the initiative
as apostle to the Gentiles." (p. 204) 

> And the Great Omission (Mark 6.45 - 8.26) is due to the fact that he 
> has already covered that material in Acts in its proper place.

Or perhaps it is due to the possibility that "Luke" didn't find these
passages in the Ur-Markus which was his _real_ source?



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