John the Baptist and Elijah in Luke
Chapter I: The Origins of John the Baptist (Luke 1,5-25) 39
Chapter I: The Origins of John the Baptist (Luke 1,5-25) The first mention of Elijah in Luke’s corpus is found in the direct speech in Luke 1,13-17: The angel announces the birth of a son, John, to Zechariah linking his future to «the spirit and power of Elijah». This speech forms part of the nar- rative unit Luke 1,5-25, and therefore all of this unit will be studied here. Given that the announcement itself, from the point of view of narratology, presents a «narrative program» providing the essentials of the future of John and his role as linked to Elijah, it will be treated more in detail. The attention paid to the rest of Luke 1,5-25 will be more pragmatic, as it forms the larger context for the speech. Preliminary Remarks Concerning Luke 1,5-25 Context and Delimitation of the Unit The narrative unit Luke 1,5-25 is the first episode of a larger section known as the infancy narrative. The whole infancy narrative begins with Luke 1,5 - imme- diately after the prologue, Luke 1,1-4 - and ends at Luke 2,52. It is thought to have been developed at a later stage of the process of the formation of Luke’s work60 as a sort of overture which prepares the reader to understand the body of the whole work61. The unit Luke 1,5-25 begins with a temporal indication in 1,5, . In 1,26 the new temporal/spatial indication, ! " " #" /$ , opens the...
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