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For Theirs Is the Kingdom: Inclusion and Participation of Children in the Gospel according to Luke
Allen, Amy Lindeman

Lanham, MD: Lexington/Fortress Academic, 2019 pp. xxiii + 255. $95.00

Description: Images of Jesus blessing children adorn Sunday schools across the globe. Nevertheless, interpreters typically flatten Jesusí interaction with children into a handful of scenes, suggesting that children were the exception rather than the rule in Jesusí ministry. In contrast, historical evidence suggests that Jesusí first-century world was teeming with children. Re-reading Lukeís gospel in this light, For Theirs Is the Kingdom interrogates the role and presence of children among Jesusí early followers. Demonstrating a rich presence parallel to the gospelís surrounding cultures, it offers a new perspective not only on Lukeís child-centered narratives, but on the account as a whole. By drawing out the acceptance and participation of children in the Kingdom of God, Lindeman Allen places interdependence across generations at the core of Lukan discipleship.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Greco-Roman Period, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by A. James Murphy
Published 6/4/2020
Citation: A. James Murphy, review of Amy Lindeman Allen, For Theirs Is the Kingdom: Inclusion and Participation of Children in the Gospel according to Luke, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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