Σήμερον (“today”) in the Work of Luke. An Overview of Contemporary Research

Krzysztof Wojciech Mielcarek

Institute of Biblical Science, Faculty of Theology, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin , Poland


The importance of the temporal adverb σήμερον within Luke-Acts has long been recognized by commentators and scholars. They have been discussing for decades whether the word's significance is a purely literary one or if it perhaps carries some theological import, and the recent extensive study by Dominique Angers offers some important insights into this issue. The author of the article researches some previous attempts to elucidate this point, as well as some of the newest solutions. While proposing his own minor corrections to the study of the Canadian exegete, the author acknowledges Angers' overwhelmingly positive impact on the scholarly discussion.


σήμερον, today, Lukan work, time, Gospel of Luke, Acts of the Apostles, narrative net

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Mielcarek, K. W. (2019). Σήμερον (“today”) in the Work of Luke. An Overview of Contemporary Research. Verbum Vitae, 35, 217–244. https://doi.org/10.31743/vv.3252

Krzysztof Wojciech Mielcarek  krzysztof.mielcarek@kul.pl
Institute of Biblical Science, Faculty of Theology, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

Theologian, biblical scholar, a professor at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. 


  • undergraduate at Catholic University of Lublin (MA - 1987);
  • postgraduate biblical studies in Biblical Institute of KUL (STL - 1987-1993); 
  • a year of research in Holsbybrunn, Orebro, Uppsala, Sweden, (1989-1990);
  • STD/PhD (1994), thesis entitled: "Jesus - Evangelizer of the Poor", superivisor: Rev. Prof. Józef Kudasiewicz at The Department of the New Testament Theology, KUL; 
  • postgraduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, Italy (SSL - 1997-1999);
  • habilitation, a postdoctoral degree, obtained October 14, 2008.

Since 2014 an official commissioner from Roman Catholic Church (appointed by Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) in the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. 

Main research interest: Lucan work (Luke-Acts) and LXX.


Over hundred articles and two monographies: Jezus - Ewangelizator ubogich [Jesus - Evangelizer of the Poor] (Lublin: AND 1994) and Ιερουσαλημ, Ιεροσολυμα. Starotestamentowe i hellenistyczne korzenie Łukaszowego obrazu świętego miasta w świetle onomastyki greckiej [Old Testament and Hel­­le­ni­stic roots of the Lucan image of the Holy City in the light of Greek ono­ma­stics] (Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL 2008), editor of many biblical festschrifts and collective works. 



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