Oct 17, 2018



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Richard H.
Who are Johanna and Theophilus? The Irony of the Intended Audience of the Gospel of Luke
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Review: This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the identities of Johanna and most excellent Theophilus. In support of this identification of Theophilus as the High Priest (Chapter 2) and Johanna as his granddaughter (Chapter 3), it is shown that Luke the author, a priest and eyewitness (Chapter 14), has adopted the recurring Old Testament theme of unfaithful and dishonest priests (Chapter 12). The irony of the gospel narrative is demonstrated by the behavior of the Unjust Steward as temple treasurer (Chapter 9), the Rich Man as High Priest (Chapter 10), the wicked tenants as the temple establishment (Chapter 11), and Ananias and Sapphira. These individuals are contrasted with the faithful and honest priests represented by the steward who repented and corrected the records, Lazarus the priest, Barnabas the Levite, Stephen, Ananias the blind guide and the community of love of the followers of Jesus. The final contrast is that of Caiaphas the High Priest with Jesus the eschatological High Priest.
This book explains two enigmatic and disturbing Lucan parables; demonstrates that Luke has adopted the recurring Old Testament theme of unfaithful and dishonest priests; and that Luke has employed "hidden polemics." This book also explains the significance of the usage of some hapax legomena in Luke, and establishes, contrary to Lucan scholarship, that Jesus is the eschatological High Priest while proving that Luke wrote to Theophilus the High Priest and that Johanna is none other than the granddaughter of the high priest. Furthermore, Luke alludes to the Books of Ezra, Jubilees, Micah and Enoch to name the most important findings made with respect to allusions. Scholars have been aware of some of these allusions but have not appreciated the significance of many of them. Finally, this book explains Luke's preface in a simple fashion that actually makes sense because Luke is shown to be an eyewitness as well as a priest. Most of these findings are possible only because Theophilus has been identified as the High Priest. Each of these new findings solidifies the claim that Theophilus is the High Priest.
This book of 332 pages contains a great deal more than one would expect from its title made possible by the author’s approach to theology that caused him to look at difficult passages in a new way. Many of the issues discussed cover matters not previously addressed in the literature.
The author is a trial attorney who has applied his extensive eclectic readings to his lifelong interests in the writings of Saint Luke. The Postscript of the Book includes the email address of the author for those who wish to submit a question to him about the book.

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