We Have Been Visited : Divine Encounter through the Lukan Benedictus (Luke 1:68–79)


Abstrakt

Recent discussions of the Benedictus have focused on its function in Luke- Acts. However, little if no attention has been given to the persuasive force of the passage and how it may have functioned to create a divine encounter for the implied audience. This study will address this gap. Following a brief survey of Luke’s purpose and a discussion of the nature of prophecy, I will argue, first, that divine revelation was often cast in poetic form. Second, I will describe the poetic features of the Benedictus, emphasizing its divine nature. Third, I will explain the ancient perception that deities had a superior ability to name persons, places, and objects. I will follow this discussion with a listing of the divinely authored names in the Benedictus. Fourth, I will contend that the Old Testament vocabulary and the tone of confidence in Zechariah’s prophecy further enhances its divine nature. Finally, considering the above, I will explain how a skilled lector reading the prophecy to Luke’s original audience may have allowed them to experience something of the aural presence of God.


Słowa kluczowe

Benedictus; Divine Encounter; Luke; Gospel of; Poetry; Prophecy

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Opublikowane : 2021-03-30


Seal, D. (2021). We Have Been Visited : Divine Encounter through the Lukan Benedictus (Luke 1:68–79). The Biblical Annals. https://doi.org/10.31743/biban.11564

David Seal  david.seal@cornerstone.edu
Cornerstone University  Stany Zjednoczone
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4048-2086




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