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Unmanly MenRefigurations of Masculinity in Luke-Acts$
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Brittany E. Wilson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199325009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325009.001.0001

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A Crucified Lord

A Crucified Lord

Jesus on the Way to the Cross (luke 22–23)

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(p.190) 6 A Crucified Lord
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Unmanly Men
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Brittany E. Wilson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325009.003.0007

Chapter 6 concludes with Jesus himself, concentrating in particular on his passion and crucifixion in Luke 22–23. Jesus’ journey to the cross serves as the turning point between Jesus’ ministry and resurrection and is the climax of the entire Gospel. According to Luke, Jesus evinces self-control during his passion, yet he still lacks corporeal control and at times emotional control. Luke also sometimes correlates Jesus’ death with martyrdom accounts or the so-called noble death tradition, yet Luke ultimately presents Jesus as God’s Suffering Servant who experiences humiliation and shame. In the passion narrative overall, Jesus is a “man” (ἀνήρ‎), yet he is rendered unmanly by his “feminizing,” slave-like death. For Luke, God’s revelatory action in Jesus unveils itself in unexpected ways and restructures the way humans are to think and act in the world. Indeed, in Luke-Acts, previous categories must be reconceived because God has entered the world as an unmanly man.

Keywords:   Luke 22–23, passion narrative, Jesus, cross, crucifixion, self-control, emotions, noble death tradition, martyrdom, Suffering Servant

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