The Return of Allegory: Scholarly Exegesis and the Literal Sense of Luke-Acts

This paper will explore how the construction of a community of readers of Luke-Acts is materially similar in intellective procedure and content to allegorical interpretation of a text; that is, the community who reads Luke-Acts is, in terms of its actual content, the product of an allegory. Doing "historical reconstruction," then, is better conceived as allegory in the guise of a modernist historical grammar.