Conversion in Luke-Acts

Divine Action, Human Cognition, and the People of God

by Joel B. Green (Author)JOEL GREEN (Author)
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"Joel Green takes our understanding of repentance and conversion in Luke-Acts, and indeed the whole New Testament, to a new level of methodological sophistication. He delves into important aspects of modern cognitive studies and theory as a tool for understanding human experience and concludes that repentance/conversion (rightly regarded as synonymous) must be viewed as a holistic, embodied phenomenon. Green also correctly emphasizes that conversion is not just a once-for-all experience but rather constitutes the beginning of a lifelong journey within the context of the faith community."
--David Aune, University of Notre Dame

"Joel Green offers a provocative and uncommonly helpful analysis of a subject that has become increasingly important. This challenging topic requires command of multiple disciplines, and Green draws skillfully and wisely from an array of exegetical methods and the cognitive sciences. Conversion in Luke-Acts displays the author's customary elegance of method, creative insight, and lucid presentation as he opens up for readers fresh ways of thinking about Luke's two volumes as well as the meaning of religious conversion and its embodied enactment in a lifelong journey shared with a community of others and marked by a set of sustained practices. I enthusiastically recommend this work!"
--John T. Carroll, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia

"Joel Green offers a fresh account of conversion in Luke-Acts that is exegetically fruitful and eminently readable. Green's cognitive approach expertly explores the communal, embodied nature of Lukan conversion and examines passages both expected and unexpected along the way. Students and scholars alike will find Green's navigation of Luke's narrative theology of conversion a welcome read."
--Brittany E. Wilson, Duke University Divinity School

"Joel Green shows that Luke's understanding of what we call 'conversion' involves not merely a change in thinking or of opinion but an entire reorientation of life, connected both with God's summons to his people in earlier biblical history and with a need for perseverance. This is a decisively fresh work on a vital topic."
--Craig Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary


Joel B. Green, Author

Joel B. Green (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is provost, dean of the School of Theology, and professor of New Testament interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, The World of the New Testament, Introducing the New Testament, and commentaries on Luke and 1 Peter. He is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Theological Interpretation.

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