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The Word Order of the Gospel of Luke: Its Foregrounded Messages
Kwong, Ivan Shing Chung

London: T&T Clark, 2005 pp. xi + 251. $160.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies/Studies in New Testament Greek, 298/12


Description: This work studies the word order of the Gospel of Luke and some of its prominent messages with consideration of systemic functional linguistic theories. The first part of the work focuses on the relative positions of four constituents (subject, predicate, complement and circumstantial adjunct) of different types of Lukan clauses (independent, dependent, infinitival, participial and embedded clause). The result gives some unmarked (typical or common) word order patterns and some marked word order patterns of all Lukan clauses. The second part traces the foregrounded messages of the Gospel based on their related marked word order patterns incorporated with functional linguistic phenomena. The result highlights the messages of Jesus' disciples and his parents' failure in understanding him, Pilate's crime of handing over Jesus and Jesus' predictions of his future sufferings and Peter's future failure.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Literature


Review by Steven Runge
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Published 4/26/2008
Citation: Steven Runge, review of Ivan Shing Chung Kwong, The Word Order of the Gospel of Luke: Its Foregrounded Messages, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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