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The Presentation in the Temple: The Narrative Function of Lk 2:22-39 in Luke-Acts
García Serrano, Andrés

Rome: Gregorian and Biblical Press, 2012 pp. 447. €37.00

Series Information
Analecta biblica, 197

Description: This doctoral dissertation shows that Lk 2:22-39 reveals the identity and mission of Jesus. The presentation passage picks up many of the main features of Jesus contained in the previous episodes in the Lukan infancy narrative, and adds important features not present in the other pericopes: the Temple as a privileged place of revelation, the universal offer of salvation in Jesus, and the divided response in Israel. These distinctive features of the passage are subsequently developed throughout the progression of Luke- Acts. The significance of the passage increases as it is related to additional parts of the Lukan composition. Simeon’s characterization of Jesus, particularly in his commission statement with its universal salvation and divided response, is fulfilled not only in Jesus, but, surprisingly, also in his disciples. This is verified in the common architecture seen in the narrator’s characterization of the protagonists throughout the entire macro-narrative. The passage proves the narrative coherence of Luke- Acts and the unity between Jesus and his disciples. It has both christological and ecclesiological implications: the universal offer of salvation implies a rejection; it affects not only Jesus, but also his followers, the reader included, who is invited to configure himself or herself with Jesus’ disciples in Luke-Acts and, through them, with Jesus Christ.

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

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Review by Sean Adams
Published 1/20/2013
Citation: Sean Adams, review of Andrés García Serrano, The Presentation in the Temple: The Narrative Function of Lk 2:22-39 in Luke-Acts, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2013).

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