The Benedictus, Lucan Narrative, and Poetic Discourse

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The Benedictus, Lucan Narrative, and Poetic Discourse

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dc.contributor.advisor Gignac, Francis T. en_US Stroik, Casimir B. en_US
dc.contributor.other Matera, Frank J. en_US
dc.contributor.other Begg, Christopher en_US 2012-09-11T17:08:26Z 2012-09-11T17:08:26Z 2009 en_US 2012-09-11
dc.identifier.other Stroik_cua_0043A_10059 en_US
dc.description Degree awarded: Ph.D. Biblical Studies. The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.description This dissertation can be viewed by CUA users only. en_US
dc.description.abstract The Benedictus (Luke 1:68-79) is closer to Luke's literary project than previous studies have admitted. The Benedictus has been assessed as having more in common with Jewish discourse or the story about John the Baptist than Luke's authorial persona, based on its supposed divergence from Luke's stylistic range and introduction of themes (vv. 68-69, 71-75, and/or vv. 78-79) that are not seen to be particularly relevant to its literary context (especially, Luke 1:5-25, 57-66). This study argues the contrary, that the Benedictus is closely related to its literary context and exhibits features that are consistent with Luke's stylistic range. There are four claims made in this argument. First, the message of the Benedictus is best understood through an evaluation of the structure of the Benedictus (vv. 68a + 68b-71 + 72-75; 76a + 76b-78a + 78b-79), which is indicated by the syntax of its clauses, whose predicates have the sequence indicative + infinitive + articular infinitive in the genitive. Second, the argument of its two parts (vv. 68-75, 76-79) are interdependent in their use of an exodus typology, the first part predicting that a God-appointed savior figure (vv. 69) will accomplish a Red Sea-type deliverance (v. 71), and the second part instructing the child to precede the savior, as the angel preceded the Israelites in the wilderness (v. 76b), and give people hope of this deliverance. Each part has two sections whose cola correspond thematically. Third, the Benedictus is integral to Luke 1:5-25, 57-67, 80, resolving narrative tensions and complementing issues introduced through allusion. Fourth, the Benedictus displays phrasing, a structure of argument, and themes that reappear in Luke-Acts, indicating that Luke either was the author of the Benedictus or had a significant role in its shaping, integrating features of Jewish liturgy into a form of poetic discourse that may have been influenced by liturgy in synagogues and/or church communities. en_US
dc.format.extent 345 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.publisher The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.subject Religion, Biblical Studies en_US
dc.subject.other authorship en_US
dc.subject.other Benedictus en_US
dc.subject.other hymn en_US
dc.subject.other Luke en_US
dc.subject.other Luke 1:68-79 en_US
dc.subject.other structure en_US
dc.title The Benedictus, Lucan Narrative, and Poetic Discourse en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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