AbstractsLanguage, Literature & Linguistics

Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont: a case study of citizen science in an environmental education context

by Zechariah Preston Eberhart

Institution: University of Georgia
Year: 2015
Keywords: Convivium
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2124452
Full text PDF: http://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/eberhart_zechariah_p_201505_ma


This thesis will explore the narrative unity of Luke’s central section. While the majority of scholarship emphasizes the disunity of chapters 14-16, this work will pursue the contrary, arguing that not only is there unity between these chapters, but that the parables within this unit address a specific issue within the early Christian community: table-fellowship. Luke’s juxtaposition of the Messianic Banquet (13:29-30) with the table-scene at the house of a prominent Pharisee (14:1-25) is evident. Luke, however, never explicitly moves Jesus outside of this location until 17:11. Exploring the parables of 14:16-24, 15:11-32, and 16:19-31, I will show how a narrative-contextual reading of Luke’s central section illuminates coherence that has previously been recognized, but not fully developed. This study will argue that this unit functions rhetorically to exhort the audience to host and participate in meals which mimic the messianic banquet, rather than the Greco-Roman convivium. Advisors/Committee Members: Wayne Coppins.