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Joy in the Gospel of Luke: A Literary and Theological Analysis
the Gospel of Luke, gospel, joy, salvation, prayer, lack of joy, narrative, celebration
|Issue Date: ||2017-01-12T06:34:26Z (UTC)
The thesis scrutinizes the joy in the Gospel of Luke through a literary and theological analysis. The researcher attempts to find out how Luke’s author integrally arranged the narrative line of this joyful theme in the Gospel that pervaded with joyful atmosphere. It looks forward to discovering how the nature of Christianity, the Gospel, can arouse Christians’ joy and become the motivation to put the faith into practice in all kinds of predicament and difficulty, in order to make Christian life filled with the values of Christianity.
The arrangement of this research is divided into three parts, including the beginning, the main body, and the end of the narrative.
The beginning of the narrative, namely, the birth narrative of Luke, provides a structure established by the mutual relationship between joy and prayer. It connects people’s hope and God’s salvation. Through the dialogue between God and people, Christians are left the sign of God’s mercy and grace - joy.
Jesus’ ministry as the main body of the narrative presents the conflict between joy and the lack of joy. When God’s salvation comes, people’s different reactions, such as celebration and complaint, bring the tension between the new and the old. Jesus has brought a new generation filled with joy, and it also reversed the situation of this life. Moreover, the banquet of the kingdom of God is certainly the ultimate reversal. It makes the lamented enjoy the joy and excludes the laughing ones. The core of reversal is the basic purpose of Jesus’ ministry – finding the lost, and enjoying the joy of fellowship in the restored relationship.
The end of the Gospel of Luke is not only the ending of Lukan literature, but also the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles. God’s promise revealed that Jesus’ presence is always with the disciples by sending the Holy Spirit, and the disciples continued Jesus’ ministry to participate in actions of sharing the joy. The ultimate joy that Jesus’ resurrection and ascension brought is the main motivation to arouse the disciples to put the faith into practice and go out for missions all over the world.
|Appears in Collections:||[台灣神學院] 研究部-神學碩士班（Th.M.）|
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