Finding Herem? A Study of Luke-Acts in the Light of Herem

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  • Copyright: 2007-07-03
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark
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The concept of Herem is found throughout the Old Testament and presented a problem to the Second Temple Jewish authors. In introducing the concept to their audiences and in applying it to themselves and other nations, they avoided it by reducing or expanding, omitting or changing the concept of Herem. Much evidence in Luke-Acts, however, indicates that Luke deliberately uses the concept of Herem in order to present the life and teaching of Jesus and his disciples. Jesus' death on the cross, resurrection and ascension can be seen as Herem, that redeems God's people. The disciples' thoughts and actions in Acts as well as all the Christ event are based on Jesus' teaching, such as Luke 9:24 and 20:25.Ultimately, this study suggests that readers of Luke-Acts should consider the whole Old Testament so as to understand Lukan use of the Old Testament and its attitude to the Mosaic law. Moreover, this study shows that the ethics of Luke-Acts are not limited to sharing possessions but related to offering or giving what belongs to oneself, even life, without expecting any reciprocal advantage. Furthermore, the concept of Herem detected in Luke-Acts makes it possible to argue that there is an 'atonement theology' in Lukan writings.

Author Biography

Hyung Dae Park is Lecturer in New Testament Studies at Ezra Bible Institute for Graduate Studies in Seoul, Korea.

Table of Contents

Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Of the Law of [Characters not reproducible]p. 2
Methodological Issuesp. 4
Herem in the Old Testamentp. 7
[Characters not reproducible] in the Pentateuchp. 8
[Characters not reproducible] in the Former Prophetsp. 17
[Characters not reproducible] in the Latter Prophetsp. 32
[Characters not reproducible] in the Writingsp. 43
Conclusionp. 49
Herem in Second Temple Jewish Literaturep. 53
[Characters not reproducible] in the Apocryphap. 53
[Characters not reproducible] in the Dead Sea Scrollsp. 66
[Characters not reproducible] in the Pseudepigraphap. 87
[Characters not reproducible] in the Works of Josephusp. 98
[Characters not reproducible] in the Works of Philop. 106
Conclusionp. 110
Herem in Luke-Actsp. 115
Lukan Use of 'the Greek Equivalents' for [Characters not reproducible]p. 116
Mandatory [Characters not reproducible] and the Related Themesp. 117
Israel as Mandatory [Characters not reproducible]p. 129
Voluntary [Characters not reproducible] and the Related Themesp. 131
Both Mandatory and Voluntary [Characters not reproducible]p. 145
Jesus' Teaching in Luke 9.24p. 145
Jesus as [Characters not reproducible]p. 146
Jesus' Ascension as Entering into the Heavenly Templep. 146
Pagan [Characters not reproducible]p. 163
Conclusionp. 165
Some Theological Implicationsp. 170
Luke's Use of the Old Testamentp. 170
Luke and Lawp. 173
An Important Ethical Criterion: the Law/Concept of [Characters not reproducible]p. 175
Atonement Theology in Luke-Actsp. 177
Summaryp. 179
Conclusionp. 180
Summaryp. 180
Further Studiesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 183
Texts and Translationsp. 183
Reference Toolsp. 185
Articles, Books, Dissertations, etc.p. 186
Index of Ancient Referencesp. 205
Index of Modern Authorsp. 220
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