God Of Old

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This book is a study of the parables unique to the Third Gospel, aiming in particular to establish a link between Luke's choice of these parables and his overall purpose in writing. In comparison to the synoptic kingdom parables, one distinguishing feature of the Lukan parables is their more personal portrait of the character and the nature of God himself. Luke's desire is to demonstrate to his readers, whoever they are, that in Christianity the realization of the Jewish hope has occurred. The parables promote this idea by offering both continuity (OT) and contrast (contemporary Judaism) in their portrait of God. Thus, as well as operating in a parenetic sense, the parables also help to legitimize Luke's argument regarding fulfilment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841271316
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Series: The Library of New Testament Studies
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Forbes is Lecturer in Greek and New Testament at the Bible College of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Abbreviations 9
Pt. I Introductory Issues
Ch. 1 A History of Research on the Lukan Parables 16
Ch. 2 The Parables: Key Factors in Historical Research 24
Pt. II An Analysis of the Lukan Parables
Ch. 3 The Good Samaritan (10.25-37) 55
Ch. 4 The Friend at Midnight (11.5-8) 72
Ch. 5 The Rich Fool (12.13-21) 80
Ch. 6 The Barren Fig Tree (13.6-9) 88
Ch. 7 The Great Feast (14.15-24) 94
Ch. 8 The Parables of the Lost (15.1-32) 109
Ch. 9 The Dishonest Manager (16.1-13) 152
Ch. 10 The Rich Man and Lazarus (16.19-31) 180
Ch. 11 The Judge and the Widow (18.1-8) 198
Ch. 12 The Pharisee and the Tax-Collector (18.9-14) 211
Pt. III The Theology of the Lukan Parables and their Contribution to the Purpose of Luke's Gospel
Ch. 13 The Theological Themes of the Lukan Parables and the Question of a Unifying Motif 225
Ch. 14 The Lukan Parables and Luke's Use of the Old Testament 261
Ch. 15 The Portrayal of God in the Lukan Parables in the Light of Judaic Views of God 279
Ch. 16 The Parables in the Light of Luke's Purpose and Target Audience 307
Ch. 17 Conclusion 328
Bibliography 331
Index of References 362
Author Index 380
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