The Limits of Radicalism: A Dialogical Response to ‘Liberation’ in Luke 13:10–17

David B. Gowler

in Radical Christian Voices and Practice

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599776
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738340 | DOI:
The Limits of Radicalism: A Dialogical Response to ‘Liberation’ in Luke 13:10–17

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This chapter examines the ‘release’ from bondage of the woman in Luke 13:10–17 through a variety of lenses—literary, social and cultural, historical, and ideological—all with the purpose of understanding the call to ethics-in-action that Jesus’ proclamation of the kingdom of God entails. The liberation of this woman on the margins of society illustrates well the promise of Luke’s narrative for radical Christianity, but its embeddedness in first-century modes of thinking and acting leads us to question other aspects of this and other stories in Luke. Seen through these additional lenses, Luke’s narrative can both inspire and disappoint as a paradigm of liberation, where the Bible can actually be part of the problem rather than a solution. That is why the voices of radical Christianity—also on the margins and also often unheard voices—are so important.

Keywords: Luke; Jesus; liberation; ethics; radical Christianity; kingdom of God

Chapter.  8380 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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