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The Spiral Gospel: Intratextuality in Luke's Narrative (Paperback)

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How did the author of the Gospel of Luke intend it to be read? In The

Spiral Gospel, Rob James shows that the assumptions many modern readers

bring to the text - that it claims to be historically factual, or merely

regurgitates existing stories - are not those of antiquity. Building on the central insight that it was

written for a community who would have used it as their pre-eminent text, James

argues convincingly for a continuous, cyclical reading of Luke's narrative.

The evidence for this view, and also its consequences, can be seen in

the gospel's intratextuality. Context is given at the end of the gospel that

informs the beginning, and there are countless other intratextual elements

throughout the text that are most readily noticeable on a second or subsequent

reading. This deliberate, creative interweaving on the author's part opens up

new levels of appreciation and faith for those who read in the way Luke's first

audience received his work.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityBiblesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian theologyReligion & BeliefsReligion: general Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd Publication Date: 30/03/2023 ISBN-13: 9780227178164  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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The Revd Dr Rob James has been the Professor of Anglican Formation and Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology since July 2022. Before this, he was Chancellor of Wells Cathedral, Somerset, and has served as a vicar in Gloucestershire. Alongside his work for the Church of England, he taught theology and religious studies for various institutions in the UK before moving to Canada.

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