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A Failed Spectacle: The Role of the Crowd in Luke 23

Whitaker, Robyn J (2017) A Failed Spectacle: The Role of the Crowd in Luke 23. Biblical Interpretation. pp. 399-416. ISSN 0928-0731

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    That Jesus’ death is uniquely portrayed as a spectacle of death in Luke’s gospel is widely acknowledged. Most scholarship has focused on the figure of Jesus, his self-control and emotions, to debate how much it concurs with the ancient ideal of noble death. Little attention, however, has been given to the role of the crowd in Luke’s passion. This paper analyzes the role of the crowd in Luke’s passion to argue that Luke has framed the cross in a manner fitting of death in the arena. By emphasizing the crowd’s size, placement and role in the drama, I argue that Luke presents Jesus’ death as a failed spectacle and suggest some political and theological ramifications.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Spectacle, crowd, crucifixion, gladiator, noble death
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
    E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): B - New Testament
    Association with University of Divinity: TRC: Trinity College
    Depositing User: Revd Dr Robyn Whitaker
    Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2017 12:48
    Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 12:48
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2495

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