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Conflicting Voices, Irony and Reiteration: an Exploration of the Narrational Structure of Luke 24:1-35 and its Theological Implications

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The story about the discovery of the empty tomb in Luke 24: 1-12 is, despite its apparent clarity, marked by ambiguities. The Lukan account continues by the Emmaus story which provides a transition from the account about the empty tomb to the first appearance story in the full gathering of disciples. The narrative language of mobility, of walking, of moving along, of proceeding on one's way, of learning on the road, reflects a fundamental theme of Luke's writings. In Luke 24 collection and reiteration are uniquely combined into a mimnetic pattern which actualizes the emphasis on remembering in Luke. The insistence on God keeping the promises God has given, constitutes a fundamental pattern of promise and fulfilment in the writings of Luke. The undergirding purpose in the Lukan effort to make scripture and history meet, is theological-in the specific sense of the term.

Keywords: Emmaus story; empty tomb; Luke 24: 1-12; narrative language



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