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The Ethnography of Reading$
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Jonathan Boyarin

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520079557

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520079557.001.0001

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Gracious Words: Luke's Jesus and the Reading of Sacred Poetry at the Beginning of the Christian Era

Gracious Words: Luke's Jesus and the Reading of Sacred Poetry at the Beginning of the Christian Era

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(p.38) Three Gracious Words: Luke's Jesus and the Reading of Sacred Poetry at the Beginning of the Christian Era
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The Ethnography of Reading
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Jonathan Boyarin

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520079557.003.0003

This chapter considers how a scene in the reading of Luke, and more generally the type of reading depicted in the New Testament, as being practiced by Jesus, may be understood as a model for a type of reading widespread in the Christian Era. It argues that the model, developed by the Fathers of the Church, and above all by the medieval, was carried into the present by their heirs in modern literary criticism. Luke makes the “scene of reading” the starting point of Jesus's public ministry.

Keywords:   Christian Era, Jesus, Luke, New Testament, literary criticism, reading

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