Paradox of Salvation
Luke's Theology of the Cross
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 288
Width: 13.9 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
This study refutes the allegation that the author of Luke-Acts showed no systematic thought about the significance of Jesus's death, that is, he has no theologia crucis. Peter Doble focuses sharply on the Gospel's death scene and explores those features which appear in Luke alone, then extends the results into the longer account of Jesus's final days in Jerusalem. In the final section Doble demonstrates how specific words and patterns from Wisdom shape and fill Luke's retelling of the story of Jesus's entrapment, trials and death. Luke wanted his readers to understand that what had happened to Jesus was not a humiliating rejection but in accord with scripture's presentation of God's plan for salvation, and he modelled traditional material about Jesus's road to the crucifixion around an explanatory model which he drew from Wisdom.
"This is an excellent and most welcome study... D[oble] deserves high marks for making a very strong case that we should let Luke be Luke and should not devalue his theology of the cross because it is not Pauline." Robert J. Karris, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly "...a worthwhile reference point." Richard S. Ascough, Toronto Journal of Theology