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This introductory chapter attempts to answer two questions: how does the Lukan Jesus communicate, and what does such a mode of communication accomplish? First, the Lukan Jesus communicates through a variety of rhetorical figures of speech. In the Gospel of Luke author have found approximately seven hundred figures of speech. Of those, nearly five hundred are spoken by Jesus. Nearly every sentence spoken by the Lukan Jesus contains a figure of speech. Second, by using highly refined rhetorical figures of speech, the Lukan Jesus speaks in the manner of an educated man of high social status, thereby gaining a hearing for his role-reversing message. The chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: figures of speech; Lukan Jesus



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