Parallel Composition and Rhetorical Effect in Luke 7 and 8

Andrew Thompson
  • Journal for the Study of the New Testament, October 2015, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0142064x15609210

Parallel Composition iin Luke 7 and 8

What is it about?

This is an examination of four stories in the Gospel of Luke that were deliberately crafted in parallel with one another. The connections between these stories makes for a surprising twist in Luke chapter 8.

Why is it important?

Scholars often debate whether or not different parts of the Bible connect or link up with one another, and how to tell. Are similar themes, characters, and words due to matters of style, or even coincidence? Or are they deliberately placed to invite readers to compare two narratives? This article argues for a systematic method for telling when these things were done intentionally, and shows by example how the awareness of parallelism pays off in biblical interpretation.

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