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Echoes of Lament in the Christology of Luke’s Gospel

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Scholars have long recognized that prayer and Israel’s Scriptures play a pivotal role in the Christology of Luke. In this study, these two features converge in an underappreciated feature of Luke’s Gospel, namely the many laments uttered to Jesus and by Jesus.

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SKU: 978-1-910928-64-6

Scholars have long recognized that prayer and Israel’s Scriptures play a pivotal role in the Christology of Luke. In this study, these two features converge in an underappreciated feature of Luke’s Gospel, namely the many laments uttered to Jesus and by Jesus. Lukan characters frequently cry out to Jesus in a way that echoes the prayers of lament directed to Yhwh in Israel’s Scriptures.

As well, the Lukan Jesus utters his own laments, also echoing prayers of lament from Israel’s Scriptures. Crisler suggests that the interplay between the laments crafted by Luke and laments from Israel’s Scriptures produce highly suggestive Christological points of resonance. Luke consistently characterizes Jesus as both someone who represents God by answering laments as only Yhwh can and as a righteous lamenter who models, teaches, and participates in lament to Israel’s God. This double characterization is particularly visible in the crucifixion scene where the Lukan Jesus both answers and participates in lament. Crisler considers how these echoes of lament shape our understanding of Lukan Christology and make a contribution to ongoing debates about earliest Christology.

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  1. Grant Flynn Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

    Crisler’s monograph makes advancements in Lukan scholarship, the study of lament in the NT, and debates over the development of early Christology. It taps into an underexplored dimension of the Gospel’s Christological significance and marks the most significant contribution to the study of NT lament since Rebekah Eklund’s landmark monograph (Jesus Wept: The Significance of Jesus’ Laments in the New Testament, LNTS 515 [London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015]). Anyone interested in these areas of research
    should consult this study. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

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Book information

Author
Channing L Crisler
List Price
£70 / $97 / €80
Series
New Testament Monographs, 39
Scholars' Price
£35 / $48.50 / €40
ISBN 13 hardback
978-1-910928-64-6
Format
Hardback
Page Extent
xviii + 336
Publication Date
April 2020
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