John the Baptist and Elijah in Luke
Chapter II: The Canticle of Zechariah (Luke 1,68-79) 77
Chapter II: The Canticle of Zechariah (Luke 1,68-79) The future of John, which Gabriel has already defined in terms of Elijah (Luke 1,15-17), is then specified by the prophecy of John’s father, Zechariah, in his Canticle, commonly called the Benedictus (Luke 1,68-79)219. Zechariah’s prophecy is found in the second part of the Benedictus (Luke 1,76-79). Since, from the point of view of narratology, the passage presents the second «narrative program» for the mission of John, it will be explained in more detail in the course of the following analysis. The first part of the Benedictus will only be dealt with summarily. Preliminary Remarks Context and Articulation of the Canticle The previous chapter was dedicated to the study of the annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist, the first narrative in Luke’s work (Luke 1,5-25). The story is immediately followed by the annunciation of the birth of Jesus and then contin- ues with the visit of Jesus’ mother Mary to Zechariah’s house, where she meets Elisabeth (Luke 1,26-56). Before the people rejoice at John’s birth (Luke 1,58), another reason for joy announced as bursting forth at his birth emerges: the fruit of Mary’s womb, Jesus, the Son of the Most High, who will receive the throne of his father David and whose kingdom will have no end (Luke 1,30-33). John himself exults in the womb of Elizabeth at the voice of Mary (Luke 1,41.44), Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,...
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