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Title: Luke's Presentation of Jesus: A Christology
Author: O'Toole, Robert F
Publisher: Gregorian and Biblical Press; Publication Date: 2004
Paperback; ISBN: 9788876536250
Volumes: 1; Pages: 286
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This study uses composition criticism to consider everything that Luke wrote about Jesus. His was no easy task since Luke was not writing about an ordinary being; the earthly Jesus was the same person who was raised from the dead. Jesus was a human being and a prophet, yet Luke wished to say much more. He has a very extensive and developed portrayal of Jesus as savior. His role as Servant of Yahweh and Son of Man play a real part in explaining a number of Jesus' experiences and actions, including his passion. Jesus' identification as the Christ can be associated with his being the Son of God, but each of these identifications has its own nuances. Luke 1:35 proves crucial for a correct understanding of "Son of God" and guides the reader's comprehension of Jesus' identity. Some passages surely communicate the mystery of Jesus' divinity; others are open to this understanding. The OT background of "Lord" leads to a correct interpretation of this title when applied to Jesus, and Luke willingly predicates similar things of God and of Jesus. True, there is some unevenness in his composition, but Luke has a clear vision of whom he believes Jesus to be.