God as Father in Luke-Acts argues that 'Father' is the central image for God in Luke-Acts by tracing a line of continuity in the portrayal of God as Israel's merciful, faithful, and authoritative Father from the Old Testament to Luke-Acts and its Second Temple Jewish milieu. The fulfillment of the promises to Abraham, David, and Israel in Jesus is best understood as the fatherly actions of Israel's God. Furthermore, the striking similarities between God as Father and Augustus as Pater Patriae undermine the assertion of the Lukan view of the Roman Empire as highly polemical.
The Author: Diane G. Chen is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University (formerly Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. She received her M.S. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her M.A. and Ph.D. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.