Click here to get the answers to the most commonly asked RBL questions.

Review of Biblical Literature Blog

The Strength Needed to Enter the Kingdom of God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Luke 16,16 in Context
Scollo, Giuseppe G.

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019 pp. xl + 422. $132.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/485

Description: By means of an in-depth study of Luke 16:16 and its context, Giuseppe G. Scollo intends to draw its readers into new scholarly appreciation of one of the most ambiguous and discussed NT sayings, an authentic crux interpretum in modern scholarship, that of the so-called »violence passage,« as recorded in the Gospel of Luke: »The law and the prophets lasted until John; but from then on the kingdom of God is proclaimed, and everyone who enters does so with violence« (NAB 2011). While issues that still demand an explanation by modern-day exegetes are addressed (see the meaning of “violence” contained in the verb biazomai, the identity of the alleged “violent” agents, and the nature of their action with regard to the basileia of God), evidence warrants a new look at the teachings surrounding the Lucan verse and its narrative setting in the light of the love commandment and its Targumic interpretation.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Ideological Critique

Login to Read the Review(s)

You must be a member of SBL to read the review(s). In May 2019, SBL improved security of its main site with a new login procedure that requires an email address and a password, instead of an SBL member number. RBL’s login procedure is now synched to SBL’s. Please use your email address and SBL password to log in to RBL. Your use of this site indicates your acceptance of RBL’s Terms of Use.

Email Address
SBL Password
 Forgot Your Password
 Join SBL or Renew Membership

Review by Mark A. Proctor
Published 7/9/2020
Citation: Mark A. Proctor, review of Giuseppe G. Scollo, The Strength Needed to Enter the Kingdom of God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Luke 16,16 in Context, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.


Privacy PolicyTerms of UseContact Us