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Bibil Identifier bibil:211786
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Social Status in Luke's Infancy Narrative: Zechariah the Priest
Author Autero, Esa
Journal Biblical Theology Bulletin (Volume: 41, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 36-45 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article investigates the social status of Zechariah in Luke’s Gospel using Lenski’s social stratification model. Beyond macro-sociological setting, we will conduct a multidimensional analysis of Zechariah’s social status. We investigate Zechariah’s place in the Judean priestly hierarchy using Luke’s narrative presentation and Josephus’ testimonies about social conflicts among various priestly groups within first-century Judea. The narrative clue about the “priestly order of Abijah” has been ignored by most scholars, but it will be argued that this is an important detail in the placement of Zechariah in the social stratification system. We will also argue that placing Zechariah in the retainer class is not viable. Rather, Zechariah is depicted in Luke’s narrative as a humble, lowly priest, who nevertheless maintained rather high social status due to his priestly pedigree.
DOI 10.1177/0146107910393146
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Gospels : Synoptic Gospels : Gospel of Luke
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Zechariah (Father of John the Baptist)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Priest
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