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Hearing the Silence: Jesus on the Edge and God in the Gap—Luke 4 in Narrative Perspective
Longenecker, Bruce W.

Eugene: Cascade, 2012 pp. xiv + 138. $17.00


Description: In this refreshingly unique book, Bruce Longenecker demonstrates that reading Luke's narrative is richly enhanced through attentiveness to what is tantalizingly left out of the Lukan narrative. In Hearing the Silence, the reader is invited to delve deeply into literary and theological dimensions of the Lukan narrative through an exploration of Jesus' strangely under-narrated "escape" in Luke 4:30. The options for interpreting the mechanics of that curious event are brought into dramatic relief by Longenecker's survey of the scene's reconstruction in Jesus-novels and Jesus-films, in which a variety of strategies have been employed to iron out the scene's narrative oddity. Against their backdrop, Longenecker's own constructive proposals bring the reader into direct contact with some of the most significant features of the Lukan Gospel and worldview.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism

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Review by Michal Beth Dinkler
Published 1/4/2013
Citation: Michal Beth Dinkler, review of Bruce W. Longenecker, Hearing the Silence: Jesus on the Edge and God in the Gap—Luke 4 in Narrative Perspective, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


Review by Dieter T. Roth
Published 6/12/2014
Citation: Dieter T. Roth, review of Bruce W. Longenecker, Hearing the Silence: Jesus on the Edge and God in the Gap—Luke 4 in Narrative Perspective, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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