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An Encomium for Jesus: Luke, Rhetoric, and the Story of Jesus

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by Neyrey Jerome H Neyrey

    • Author

      Neyrey Jerome H Neyrey

    • Book Format

      Hardback

    • Publisher

      Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd

    • Published

      May 2020

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    An Encomium for Jesus: Luke, Rhetoric, and the Story of Jesus

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    Luke’s narrative about Jesus followed the conventions for ancient biography. Trained
    in rhetoric, Luke employed the genre of the encomium, which regularly used to
    showcase biographical aspects of a person’s life worthy of honour. An Encomium for
    Jesus argues that Luke mastered the genre, its conventional topics, and specific
    instructions for composing one.
    The usual topics of an encomium served as Luke’s template to organize and narrate
    the life of Jesus. The first topic, ‘origins’, displayed Jesus’ worth in terms of his
    geographical origins (Bethlehem) and generational origins (son of David, heir to his
    throne). His genealogy confirms a very noble ancestry. Angels and prophets speak to
    the importance of his birth, all conventional items.
    Second, Jesus was raised as an observant Israelite: circumcised, dedicated, and an
    annual participant at Passover; he customarily attended synagogue. Although
    precocious, he lacked training in a familial virtue, which he learned subsequently by
    obedience to his parents.
    An encomium focused on a person’s actions, generally described in terms of the
    canonical virtues, wisdom, courage, justice and self-control. Luke adeptly portrayed
    Jesus’ actions according to these virtues, correctly presuming that his audience would
    label this or that action as virtuous, a safe assumption. Jesus was wise in
    understanding people, courageous in facing death, just in his teaching, and moderate
    in controlling emotional reactions.
    An encomium should also speak of a person’s death, a conventional feature in funeral
    oratory. Luke employed the tradition of the ‘noble death’ to highlight aspects of
    Jesus’ death, especially its voluntary and beneficial aspects. Most importantly, he
    narrated the many posthumous honours awarded Jesus, as cited in Acts: he did not see
    death; God vindicated and enthroned him; and he became the Author of salvation.
    Thus Luke composed a conventional Encomium for Jesus.

    Specification

    • Author

      Neyrey Jerome H Neyrey

    • Book Format

      Hardback

    • Publisher

      Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd

    • Published

      May 2020

    • Weight

      509g

    • Dimensions

      156 x 234 x 15 mm

    • ISBN

      9781910928738

    • ISBN-10

      1910928739

    • Eden Code

      5264725

    More Information

    • Author/Creator: Neyrey Jerome H Neyrey

    • ISBN: 9781910928738

    • Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd

    • Release Date: May 2020

    • Weight: 509g

    • Dimensions: 156 x 234 x 15 mm

    • Eden Code: 5264725


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