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Luke's Jesus in the Roman Empire and the Emperor in the Gospel of Luke
Seo, Pyung Soo

Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015 pp. xiii + 194. $19.20


Description: Luke provides valuable clues to an understanding of the religious and political power of the Roman Empire through Jesus's birth and trial accounts. Also, the book analyzes what role Luke's tax-related accounts play in relation to the emperor's authority. This volume presents a new argument: Luke emphasizes Jesus's interaction with tax collectors as a way of displaying his moral authority, seen in his intervening effectively with one of the most hated aspects of the empire, an aspect that the emperor was responsible for and should have dealt with. This analysis helps us examine Luke's portrayal of Jesus's authority with a focus on the titles "benefactor" and "savior." Comparisons and contrasts are to be made between Jesus and the emperor. Thus, this study discusses how Luke elevates Jesus's authority on the basis of his stance toward the emperor.

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

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Review by Frank E. Dicken
Published 1/5/2017
Citation: Frank E. Dicken, review of Pyung Soo Seo, Lukeís Jesus in the Roman Empire and the Emperor in the Gospel of Luke, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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