The Composition of Luke's Gospel: Selected Studies from "Novum Testamentum"

The Composition of Luke's Gospel: Selected Studies from "Novum Testamentum"

The Composition of Luke's Gospel: Selected Studies from "Novum Testamentum"

The Composition of Luke's Gospel: Selected Studies from "Novum Testamentum"

Synopsis

This is the first in a series of publications designed to make previously published journal material available in a more convenient and accessible form. Many university and seminary teachers will find the selections suitable not only for their personal use, but also for their classes. This reader contains a selection from the best articles in English on Luke's literary work to have appeared to date in the journal Novum Testamentum. It offers a balanced representation of the discussion over a period of four decades. The articles clearly demonstrate that interest in Luke's literary artistry is not merely a feature of the most recent biblical study. Readers will find here many insights from decades past which are entirely relevant to current modes of biblical appreciation. Indexes of authors and biblical references add to the usefulness of this volume.

Excerpt

This is the first in a series of publications designed—in something of a departure from the traditional policy of Brill Academic Publishers— to make previously published journal material available in a more convenient and accessible form. The material presented in this series, then, though it certainly contains some previously neglected but valuable studies, does not claim to be more man a convenient selection. However, convenience can easily translate into usefulness and indeed use, and many university and seminary teachers will find the selections suitable not only for their personal use, but also for their classes.

The present selection has been made from the best articles on Luke's literary work to have appeared to date in the journal, Novum Testamentum. An attempt has been made to offer a balanced representation of the discussion over a period of four decades. Since opinions on the value of particular pieces of scholarship always vary, and inevitably some studies become dated more quickly than others, doubtless some teachers would have preferred a different selection. The constraint of maximum international usefulness has meant that only English-language articles could be included. Had this not been the case the present volume would also have included the following articles: G. Braumann, “Die lukanische Interpretation der Zerstörung Jerusalems” (NT 6, 1953, 12–127); W. Wilkens, “Zur Frage der literarischen Beziehung zwischen Matthäus und Lukas” (NT 8, 1956, 48–57); G. Sellin, “Quellen und Funktion des Lukanischen Reiseberichtes (Lk. ix 51–xix 28)” (NT 20, 1978, 100–135); R. Kany, “Der Lukanische Bericht von Tod und Auferstehung Jesu aus der Sicht eines hellenischtischen Romanlesers” (NT 28, 1986, 75–90). Those interested in a complete listing of articles published in this field in Novum Testamentum may be referred to the relevant entries in An Index to Novum Testamentum Volumes 1–35 (ed. W.E. Mills & J.H. Mills; Brill, 1994).

As the compiler of this collection, I must bear responsibility for the choice. I am not, of course, responsible for the original publication of the articles, which resulted from the due process of peer review and editorship by the incumbent editorial boards of Novum Testamentum. The present selection is not the responsibility of the editorial board. I would like, however, to acknowledge with gratitude the kind and encouraging . . .

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