Few studies of Luke's Gospel (or Acts) give much attention to Theophilus and his potential significance despite the fact that Luke indicates specifically that he is writing 'for Theophilus'. Those which do not recognize the importance of Theophilus nevertheless dismiss him because almost nothing is known about the individual. Admittedly, we are left to conjecture and theory but the task, however daunting, is still necessary. A proper appreciation of Luke's Gospel - particularly when it departs from Markan tradition - must look to Theophilus' interests and concerns as the likely influence on the way the material is presented. To ignore Theophilus and to refer instead to Luke's 'church audience' is dangerous. This book attempts to solve the mystery of Theophilus and the man's influence on Luke's version of the tradition. As noted by H.J. Cadbury, the New Testament scholar is a virtual detective.
Dr. Garrison obtained a B.A. from Westminister College, an M.A. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, a MLitt. from Keble College, Oxford University and a PhD from the University of Toronto. He is ordained in the PCUSA and has served a number of churches as Minister. He has taught Religion courses, full-time and part-time, at Westminister College, Buena Vista University and Thiel College.
Part One; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. An Overview of Some Lukan Themes; 2. The Significance of Theophilus as Luke's Reader; 3. A Response to Brandon's Thesis; Part Two; 4. Codex Bezae, Marcion's Gospel, and the Formation of Luke's Gospel; 5. The Lukan Passion Narrative; 6. Final Remarks; Bibliography; Index