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Methods for Luke


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Methods for Luke
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9780521889124 - Methods for Luke - Edited by Joel B. Green

Methods for Luke

In Methods for Luke, four leading scholars demonstrate how different interpretive methods provide insight into the Gospel of Luke. Introducing contemporary perspectives on historical criticism, feminist criticism, narrative criticism, and Latino interpretation, they illustrate these approaches to New Testament study by examining either the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19–31) or Jesus’ warning regarding the scribes and the story of the women with two small coins (Luke 20:45–21:4). The use of two “set texts” enables readers to understand how method makes a difference in the reading of the same text.

Joel B. Green is Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author, co-author, or editor of twenty-eight books, including The Theology of the Gospel of Luke (1995) and, most recently, Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible (2008). He has published numerous essays in a variety of symposia and journals, including Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

methods in biblical interpretation

The Methods in Biblical Interpretation (MBI) series introduces students and general readers to both older and emerging methodologies for understanding the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. Newer methods brought about by the globalization of biblical studies and by concerns with the “world in front of the text” – like new historicism, feminist criticism, postcolonial/liberationist criticism, and rhetorical criticism – are well represented in the series. Classical methods that fall under the more traditional historical–critical banner – such as source criticism, form criticism, and redaction criticism – are also covered, though always with an understanding of how their interactions with emerging methodologies and new archaeological discoveries have affected their interpretive uses.

An MBI volume contains separate chapters from different well-known scholars. Each scholar first elucidates the history and purposes of an interpretive method, then outlines the promise of the method in the context of a single biblical book, and finally shows the method “in action” by applying it to a specific biblical passage. The results serve as a primer for understanding different methods within the shared space of common texts, enabling real, comparative analysis for students, clergy, and anyone interested in a deeper and broader understanding of the Bible. A glossary of key terms, the translation of all ancient languages, and an annotated bibliography – arranged by method – help new, serious readers navigate the difficult but rewarding field of biblical interpretation.

Volumes in the series

Methods for Exodus, edited by Thomas B. Dozeman

Methods for the Psalms, edited by Esther Marie Menn

Methods for Matthew, edited by Mark Allan Powell

Methods for Luke, edited by Joel B. Green

Methods for Luke

Edited by

Joel B. Green

Fuller Theological Seminary

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Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication dataMethods for Luke / edited by Joel B. Green.p. cm. -- (Methods in biblical interpretation)Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 978-0-521-88912-4 (hardback) -- ISBN 978-0-521-71781-6 (pbk.)1. Bible. N.T. Luke -- Hermeneutics. 2. Bible. N.T. Luke -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.I. Green, Joel B., 1956--BS2595.52.M47 2010226.4′0601 -- dc22 2009036860

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1     Reading Luke
Joel B. Green
2     Historical Criticism
Clare K. Rothschild
3     Feminist Criticism
Turid Karlsen Seim
4     Narrative Criticism
Joel B. Green
5     A Latino Perspective
Justo L. González
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors


Justo L. González, a native of Cuba, received his Ph.D. in historical theology from Yale University in 1961. Since then he has taught in several institutions, both in the United States and overseas, and has published more than a hundred books, mostly on historical theology and biblical interpretation. Among the best known are The Story of Christianity (2 vols.) and A History of Christian Thought (3 vols.). Besides his earned degrees, he holds four honorary doctorates. His main current interest is developing support for Hispanic theological education.

Joel B. Green is Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author, co-author, or editor of twenty-eight books, including The Theology of the Gospel of Luke (1995) and, most recently, Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible (2008). He was New Testament editor for The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.) and is general editor for the forthcoming revision of Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels.

Clare K. Rothschild, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology at Lewis University, is the author of Baptist Traditions and Q (2005) and Luke-Acts and the Rhetoric of History (2004). She is currently working on her third book, Hebrews as Pseudograph: The History and Significance of the Pauline Attribution of Hebrews. Professor Rothschild has held teaching positions at McCormick Seminary, Xavier University, Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame), and DePaul University and was recently appointed to serve as editor of Early Christianity, a new journal to be published by Mohr Siebeck.

Turid Karlsen Seim, Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Oslo since 1991 and Director of The Norwegian Institute in Rome since 2007, is the author of The Double Message: Patterns of Gender in Luke-Acts (1994). She conducted an international project on “Metamorphoses: Resurrection, Body and Transformative Practices in Early Christianity” in 2008 and is the author of multiple articles on Luke-Acts. Professor Seim is presently working on the Gospel of John, as well as pursuing her former studies on Luke-Acts.

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