Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Jesus and the Restoration of the Davidic Kingdom (3.2.1. The Restoration of the Davidic Kingdom in Luke-Acts)

3.2. The Restoration of the Davidic Kingdom in Luke-Acts
For years very few studies have been done on Davidic themes in Luke. This is in part due to its “apparent lack of interest in the title. . .”[1] More recent studies have demonstrated the important role of David in Luke’s portrayal of Jesus.[2] For example, Mark Strauss has shown how Gabriel’s announcement to Mary mirrors God’s promise in 2 Sam 7 and Psalm 89, the later of which bases the hope for restoration on God’s promise to David.

2 Samuel 7
9 And I will make you a great name… 12... I will raise up your seed after you... 13 ... I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me.

Psalm 89
26 He shall cry to me, ‘Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’ 27 And I will make him the first-born, the highest of the kings of theearth... 29 I will establish his line for ever and his throne as the days of the heavens... 36 His line shall endure for ever, his throne as long as the sun before me.

Luke 1
32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.”[3]

From this we can already see the important role the Davidic covenant will play in the Lukan portrayal of Jesus.

Continue to the next post in this series...

Complete outline (with links) of first two parts of "Jesus and the Restoration of the Kingdom" series

[1] Strauss, The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts, 16.
[2] In addition to Strauss', The Davidic Messiah, see also David Ravens, Luke and the Restoration of Israel (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
Supplement Series 119; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995) and, of course, Scott Hahn, “Kingdom and Church in Luke-Acts: From Davidic Christology to Kingdom Ecclesiology,” in Reading Luke: Interpretation, Reflection, Formation (C. G. Bartholomew, J. Green and A. Thiselton, eds; Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2005).
[3] Strauss, The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts, 88-9.

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