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Justin R. Howell

The Pharisees and Figured Speech in Luke-Acts

[Die Pharisäer und die figurierte Rede im lukanischen Doppelwerk.]

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Why does Luke give an ambiguous impression of the Pharisees? And what lies behind the rhetorical effects of this ambiguity? Justin R. Howell reevaluates the long-standing debate about the Pharisees in Luke-Acts, arguing the thesis that there is ambiguity in the Lukan Pharisees because, in his portrayals of them, the author has applied what ancient Greco-Roman rhetoricians call »figured speech.«
A scholarly consensus holds that Luke is ambivalent toward the Pharisees, or at least that he has left readers with an ambiguous depiction of them. What previous evaluations of the Lukan Pharisees have left unanswered, however, is why Luke would give such an impression of these characters and then what might lie behind the rhetorical effects of ambiguity. Justin R. Howell reevaluates the long-standing debate about the Pharisees in Luke-Acts, arguing the thesis that there is ambiguity in the Lukan Pharisees because, in his portrayals of them, the author has applied what ancient Greco-Roman rhetoricians call »figured speech.« The fact that the Lukan Pharisees appear ambiguous to some readers does not necessarily mean that Luke was also undecided about or ambivalent toward them, for the use of figured speech can presuppose a firm and critical stance on the characters in view.
Authors/Editors

Justin R. Howell Born 1978; 2016 PhD in New Testament and Early Christian Literature from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 62 (2018), S. 141
In: Journal of the Ev. Theol. Society — 62 (2019), S. 191–193 (J. Andrew Cowan)
In: The Bible Today — September 2018, S. 330 (Donald Senior)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 144 (2019), S. 63–66 (Christfried Böttrich)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 40.5 (2018), S. 44–45 (John R.L. Moxon)