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Gracious Words: Luke's Jesus and the Reading of Sacred Poetry at the Beginning of the Christian Era

Jonathan Boyarin

in The Ethnography of Reading

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780520079557
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520913431 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520079557.003.0003
Gracious Words: Luke's Jesus and the Reading of Sacred Poetry at the Beginning of the Christian Era

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This chapter considers how a scene in the reading of Luke, and more generally the type of reading depicted in the New Testament, as being practiced by Jesus, may be understood as a model for a type of reading widespread in the Christian Era. It argues that the model, developed by the Fathers of the Church, and above all by the medieval, was carried into the present by their heirs in modern literary criticism. Luke makes the “scene of reading” the starting point of Jesus's public ministry.

Keywords: Christian Era; Jesus; Luke; New Testament; literary criticism; reading

Chapter.  9890 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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