The focus of this seminar will be on the theological purpose of Luke in relation to his ordering of the narrative (diegesis) following upon his collecting of eyewitness accounts from those who were present, as he was not, during the events of Jesus’ life, ministry, death and resurrection. Though a Gentile, Luke wrote about 28% of all the New Testament, and in his gospel he has far the richest Greek vocabulary of any of his fellow writers. Yet his close attention to the precise locutions of those who informed him have resulted in more evident Hebraisms literally transposed into Greek, and by means of his more extensive vocabulary he has given us in many places a sharper sense of the dialogue which took place. These elements yield many important theological insights. Beyond these features, many incidents in the life of the Lord are unique to Luke, and in his scrupulous attention to such features as the role of prayer, both by Jesus and by others, he has provided the Church with many of the most important prayers of our common liturgy. Thus, in studying Luke carefully we begin better to appreciate the relationship between the theology of the Gospel and the worship of the Church. Lectures, seminars, readings. Two exegetical/theological papers, one brief (5-8 pp), the other substantive with scholarly apparatus (15-20 pp); Short paper 25%, participation in seminar discussion 25%, long paper 50%.
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