The Speeches of Jesus and Stephen in the "Book of Luke"
Comparison and analysis of the speeches of Jesus and Stephen in the "Book of Luke".
# 1023 | 1,450 words | 2 sources | 2000 |
Published on Apr 17, 2001 in Religion and Theology (The Bible) , Philosophy (Religion) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Religion and Theology (General) , Literature (General)
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This paper presents a comparison and rhetorical analysis of the speeches of Jesus and Stephen which shows that the purpose of both speeches harmonizes, but their structures differ to some degree.
From the Paper:"Typical of Greco-Roman literature of the history genre, Luke fills approximately one fourth of his books with speeches. Like other Greco-Roman historians, Luke could not have actually heard the speeches that he recorded, nor could he even accurately know the contents of such speeches, if they occurred. Indeed, Luke writes more than 50 years after the death of Jesus; not only is Luke not contemporary to the events that he records as if he were immediately physically present, but most others contemporary to the event, potential eye-witnesses, are also dead (Ehrman 44). Luke, therefore, contrived the text of the speeches presented in Luke-Acts; in his capacity as a historian, Luke strove for a sense of verisimilitude. Thus, the speeches recorded in Luke-Acts, written to reflect Luke's estimation of the character of the speaker and the occasion, reveal Luke's literary purpose as much as they reveal actual historical information. Jesus' speech in the Nazarene synagogue, as well as Stephen's speech before the Sanhedrin, serve to advance Luke's perception of Jesus: the rejected prophet. Luke implicitly compares Stephen to Jesus to validate the mission to the Gentiles, which had become the focus of the Apostles. The speeches of Jesus and Stephen do differ, in certain respects, in structure. However, the purposes of each speech ultimately harmonize; Luke employs different structures for disparate actors to achieve a common function."
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