The Gospel of Luke: Jesus’ Journey to Jerusalem: Part I
– Requirements. Students who wish to take the course are required to possess a good knowledge of Biblical Greek, as well as the ability to offer an idiomatic translation of the Greek text into a modern language. At least a general knowledge of narrative method is required. Students who are unfamiliar with the method should consult one of the manuals on the narrative criticism.
– Goal and methodology. The course aims to familiarize the students with Jesus’ teaching in its narrative context. The methodology used in this course is the narrative criticism.
The great journey of Jesus to Jerusalem constitutes one of the most distinctive aspects of the Gospel of Luke. It occupies ten chapters 9:51—19:46, whereas Mark dedicates only one chapter (Mk 10) and Matthew no more than two (Matt 19—20). The central part of Luke’s Gospel is composed of material taken from the Gospel of Mark, the hypothetical source “Q” and Luke’s own traditions gathered after diligent research. The journey to Jerusalem is a hallmark of Luke’s Gospel, but it is also one of the most disconcerting aspects of the Gospel. For example, the material collected in this central section of the Gospel is of different nature and types. Although Luke presents this section as a journey, there are relatively few geographical indications that suggest real progress towards the holy city. After a brief discussion of the limits of Luke’s journey section (9:51—19:46) and its subdivisions (9:51—13:21; 13:22—17:10; 17:11—18:30; 18:31—19:27; 19:28—19:46), the course focuses on the first part of that section, i.e., Luke 9:51—13:21 and applies the narrative criticism to elucidate some of its passages (Martha and Mary 10:38-42; Jesus and Beelzebul 11:14-28; the Pharisees and Scholars of the Law 11:37-44.45-54; Cure of a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath 13:10-17).
Students are encouraged to choose one of the best commentaries in their own language. These may be accompanied by:
• G.C. Bottini, Introduzione all’opera di Luca (Analecta 35), Jerusalem 1992
• F. Bovon, Luke the Theologian: Fifty-Five Years of Research (1950-2005), Waco TX 2006
• F. Bovon, Das Evangelium nach Lukas (EKKNT III), Neukirchen 1989-2009
• J.A. Fitzmyer, The Gospel according to Luke (AB 28-28A), New York NY 1981-1985
• D.L. Bock, Luke 9:51—24:53 (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), Grand Rapids MI 1998
• J.B. Green, The Gospel of Luke, Grand Rapids MI 1997
• J. Nolland, Luke (WBC 35), Dallas TX 1993
• M.C. Parsons, Luke (Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament), Grand Rapids MI 2015
• J.R. Edwards, The Gospel according to Luke (The Pillar New Testament Commentary), Nottingham 2015
• F. Mickiewicz, Ewangelia według świętego Łukasza. Rozdziały 1—11 (Nowy Komentarz Biblijny. Nowy Testament), Częstochowa, 2011
• M. Crimella, Luca: Introduzione, traduzione e commento (Nuovissima versione della Bibbia dai testi originali 39), Cinisello Balsamo 2015
• J. Resseguie, Narrative Criticism of the New Testament. An Introduction, Grand Rapids MI 2005
• L.D. Chrupcała, Il Vangelo di Luca: Analisi sintattica (Analecta 86), Milano 2018
• P. Blajer, “The Limit of the Lukan Journey Section Reconsidered”, LA 64 (2014) 255-271
• idem, “Function and Purpose of the Five Major Travel Notices in Luke: The Structure of the Lukan Journey Section Reconsidered”, LA 71 (2021) 211-228
The rest of the bibliography, articles and monographs will be presented at the beginning of the course.