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Rhetorical Texture and Narrative Trajectories of the Lukan Galilean Ministry Speeches: Hermeneutical Appropriation by Authorial Readers of Luke-Acts
Spencer, Patrick E.

New York: T&T Clark, 2007 pp. xv + 248. $130.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 341


Description: Varying degrees of attention are paid to Jesus’ four speeches in the Galilean ministry of the Gospel of Luke. Despite increasing interest in ancient Graeco-Roman rhetoric in biblical studies, few scholars examine the speeches from the lens of ancient rhetorical argument. In addition, with the exception of the inaugural speech in Luke 4.14-30, little attention is afforded to the relevance of the speeches for understanding larger nuances of the narrative discourse and how this affects the hermeneutical appropriation of authorial readers. In contrast, Spencer examines each speech from the context of ancient rhetorical argument and pinpoints various narrative trajectories—as associated with theme, plot, characterization, and topoi—that emerge from the rhetorical texture. In doing so, he shows that the four speeches function as “sign posts” that are integral to guiding the Lukan narrative from the “backwaters” of Galilee to the center of the Roman Empire.

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

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Review by Stephan Witetschek
Published 4/4/2009
Citation: Stephan Witetschek, review of Patrick E. Spencer, Rhetorical Texture and Narrative Trajectories of the Lukan Galilean Ministry Speeches: Hermeneutical Appropriation by Authorial Readers of Luke-Acts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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