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The Power Of Figures Of Speech In Communicating A Role-Reversing Message

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This chapter shows that through the great cosmic role reversal, the cosmic battle in which the power of the devil is destroyed and replaced by the kingdom of God, the Lukan Jesus proclaims and empowers role reversals in the material realm. It demonstrates how Luke communicates these role-reversals through the use of forceful and memorable figures of speech on the lips of Jesus. Through various figures the Lukan Jesus attacks the religious boundary systems, the agrarian social stratification system, the patron-client system, the honor-shame system, and kinship groups, all of which were pillars and values of the Greco- Roman social, political, religious, and economic society. Many of the examples of figures of speech in the chapter are among the most recognized, memorized, and quoted passages from the gospel of Luke.

Keywords: agrarian social stratification system; figures of speech; honor-shame system; patron-client system; religious boundary systems; role-reversing message



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