Center and diaspora: The role of Jerusalem in the Lukan imagination



Year of publication 2013
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Following the later dating of Lukan writings (Pervo 2006), the paper reconsiders Luke’s emphases he had put on Jerusalem as a religious center for the Jewish diaspora. Luke’s Jerusalem imagination in portrayal of Paul is examined as a locative anchoring of the Lukan cosmopolite theology, as one of “diaspora myths of origins in the (Palestinian) homeland” (Miller 2004). This approach is confronted with the hypothesis of “a defining struggle” between the Lukan “protoorthodox” trend and the contemporaneous Marcionite Christianity (Tyson 2006). Both trends were closely connected with the question of Jewish heritage in the rising Christianity and the acceptance of Christianity as a religion (religio), based on ancient (Jewish) traditions, instead of a superstition (superstitio), characterized by suspicious novelty.

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