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Title: What must we do? : the path to salvation in Luke's Gospel
Author: Wi, Mi Ja
ISNI:       0000 0005 0288 816X
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2017
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This study investigates Luke's message of salvation in relation to socio-economic issues, and thus concerns salvation of the rich as well as the poor, arguing that Luke's reference to the poor and the rich is primarily socio-economic. With a narrative reading of Luke's Gospel built on careful examination of its socio-economic context, it demonstrates that Luke's message of salvation is best understood as: 1) Divine mercy which champions the cause of the poor and redresses the injustice of the world, 2) Its human embodiment, and 3) Divine reward promised to those who enact mercy. Luke's portrayal of salvation of the poor highlights divine mercy and justice which are the core characteristics of good news. Luke's programmatic question, which juxtaposes salvation with 'doing', poses some interesting questions with respect to the salvation of the rich. Thus, human embodiment of divine mercy is concretised, particularly radical acts of mercy in terms of transformed socio-economic relations, including release of debts and almsgiving. In Luke, salvation of the rich is never without the poor. Rather the blessedness of the rich is contingent upon their relation to the poor. It is through merciful and just relations toward the poor that the rich are invited to the kingdom, called blessed, and gathered with the poor in the banquet. Part I analyses specific socio-economic issues, namely, land and the issues related to it—tax and debt—, and food and clothing in the first century Graeco-Roman world. It shows that the problem of debt, indebtedness, and economic disparity is the socio-economic context of Luke's Gospel. Building on the analysis of Part I, Part II studies major themes of salvation in Luke's Gospel, centred on mercy. It demonstrates how salvation of the rich as well as the poor occurs and explores redemptive aspects of use of wealth—particularly almsgiving. It climaxes with the imagery of the messianic banquet which envisions the gathering of the restored people of God, the poor and the rich, reclining around the table. Hence this study, on the one hand, highlights good news to the poor in terms of divine mercy and justice. On the other hand, it shows that the reception of divine mercy calls for practices which embody it. Above all, it clarifies Luke's notion of salvation of the rich which will happen as participation in the salvation of the poor.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Food ; Banquet ; Land ; tax ; debt ; Socio-economic context ; Rich and Poor ; Salvation ; Gospel of Luke ; Wealth and Poverty