The Limits of Leadership:
Challenges to Apostolic Homeostasis in Luke-Acts
C. K. Robertson
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The Twelve are not the only numbered group of Christian workers or leaders in Luke-Acts. There are two others, the Seventy and the Seven. These outsiders have often been overlooked, and their work is usually portrayed simply as extending that of the apostles. On a careful systemic reading, however, the relevant passages in Luke and Acts are open to a different understanding of leadership in the early church, which at the same time raises questions that bear on tensions in the authority and leadership of the church today.