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Dream-Visions In The Gospel Of Luke

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This chapter examines the salient features of the dream-vision and its role in Luke’s narrative. Since the chapter addresses the relationship between visions and the perception of God’s will, special attention will be devoted to the reaction and response of characters to their visionary experience. Luke’s Gospel presents a wide variety of visionary scenes, and an even wider variety of responses to these experiences. Gabriel’s announcements to Zechariah and Mary lead to dramatic interpretations of what these experiences portend. Far from obviating human perception, these visions result in the misinterpretation of God’s plan for the ministries of John and Jesus. Thus, these visions have the greatest impact on the remainder of the narrative, as Luke appropriates the language of the Magnificat and Benedictus in the process of reshaping the understanding of what it means for Jesus to be the expected messiah.

Keywords: Benedictus; dream-visions; Gabriel’s announcements; god’s will; Gospel; Luke’s narrative; Magnificat; Mary; visionary scenes

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