n HTS : Theological Studies - The of the Lukan Jesus-story
Handbuch zum Neuen Testament 5 : Das Lukasevangelium, Michael Wolter : book review

Volume 67, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



In this voluminous work the author confines himself to a tradition-historical approach, as determined by the publishers of the Handbuch zum Neuen Testament series, in order to explore the of the Lukan Jesus-story. As such, it continues in line with the approaches in Biblical criticism, the previous commentary in this series being a form-historical approach by Erich Klostermann (1919, 1929). Tradition-historical criticism is, in short, a study of the process by which the oral and written traditions underlying the present text are developed. Wolter's commentary is accordingly characterised by a careful study of the Lukan 'text' and the use and meaning of each word or phrase within the cultural context of the ancient 'Jewish' (Hebrew or Judean), Greek, and Roman writers. It is an approach that highlights typical Lukan phrases and expressions and as such provides the reader with one key, amongst other, for understanding the uniqueness of the Gospel.

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