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David in Luke-Acts: His Portrayal in the Light of Early Judaism
Miura, Yuzuru

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2007 pp. xix + 305. Ä59.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/232

Description: Yuzuru Miura undertakes a scholarly analysis of all references to David in Luke-Acts, which has not been done so far. Previous studies of David have dealt with parts of the references to David in Luke-Acts, focusing on the subject of Davidic messianism, but it was only the Davidic genealogical character. However, Davidic messianism has another aspect - the typological character. In order to analyze all references to David in Luke-Acts, the Davidic typological character in Davidic messianism has to be considered. Thus, in the first part of this book, the author seeks to grasp the first-century Jewish perceptions of the picture of David, such as David in the LXX, the OT Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the Qumran Manuscripts, the writings of Philo and Josephus, and early rabbinic thought. Then, in the second part, he analyzes all references to David in Luke-Acts in light of the first-century Jewish perceptions of David. Such a perspective - considering both the genealogical and typological characters of Davidic messianism - uncovers the overall function of Luke's efficient and well-organized use of the figure of David in his narrative to legitimize Jesus as the Davidic Messiah. Furthermore, such a perspective throws fresh light on various Lukan theological issues.

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

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Review by Steven Cox
Published 6/28/2008
Citation: Steven Cox, review of Yuzuru Miura, David in Luke-Acts: His Portrayal in the Light of Early Judaism, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2008).

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