Kenneth D. Litwak, «Israelís Prophets Meet Athensí Philosophers: Scriptural Echoes in Acts 17,22-31», Vol. 85 (2004) 199-216
Generally, treatments of Paulís speech note biblical parallels to Paulís wording but find no further significance to these biblical allusions. This study argues that Luke intends far more through this use of the Scriptures of Israel beyond merely providing sources for Paulís language. I contend that, through the narrative technique of "framing in discourse", Luke uses the Scriptures of Israel to lead his audience to interpret Paulís speech as standing in continuity with anti-idol polemic of Israelís prophets in the past. As such, read as historiography, Lukeís narrative uses this continuity to legitimate Paulís message and by implication, the faith of Lukeís audience. Lukeís use of the Scriptures here is ecclesiological.