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Sacramental Charity, Creditor Christology, and the Economy of Salvation in Luke’s Gospel
Giambrone, Anthony

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017 pp. xv + 366. $128.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/439


Description: In this work, Anthony Giambrone investigates the appropriation and development of Jewish charity discourse in Luke's Gospel. In contrast to previous scholarship, neither the coherence of Lukan "wealth ethics" nor its contemporary actualization defines his study. Instead, the sacramental significance of almsgiving becomes the starting point for a more theologically oriented exegesis. The end result recognizes Luke's "Christological mutation" of the inherited tradition.The text is organized around three exegetical probes, each handling parabolic material: i.e. Luke 7:36-50, 10:25-37, and 16:1-31. The author advances an approach to these parables that highlights Christological allegory (metalepsis) as a Lukan narrative device. A break is thus implied with the dominant rationalist constructions of Luke's parabolic art and ethics. Also in contrast to a dominant trend, stress is laid upon Luke's Jewish rather than Greco-Roman context.

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

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Review by Timothy W. Reardon
Published 9/13/2018
Citation: Timothy W. Reardon, review of Anthony Giambrone, Sacramental Charity, Creditor Christology, and the Economy of Salvation in Luke’s Gospel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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