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[Synoptic-L] The Alleged Medical Language of Luke

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  • Ken Olson
    ... not common at all, but were only used by physicians, so that the identification of ALk with Luke-the-beloved-physician is quite logical. May someone give
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 6, 2001

      At 2:53 AM on November 6, Emmanuel Fritsch posted:

      >>For Luke : I heard long time ago that some words in Luke are

      not common at all, but were only used by physicians, so that
      the identification of ALk with Luke-the-beloved-physician is
      quite logical.

      May someone give further precisions on ALk ?<<

      Emmanuel,

      This theory was examined and found wanting in Henry J. Cadbury's doctoral dissertation, which is published in _The Style and Literary Method of Luke_ (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1920; see especially pp. 39-72, "The Alleged Medical Language Luke"). Cadbury concluded: "The style of Luke bears no more evidence of medical training and interest than does the language of other writers who were not physicians" (50). Cadbury's findings have been very widely accepted. Most of those who argue for identifying Luke the physician with the author of Luke-Acts now argue that the vocabulary of Luke-Acts shows the author to be educated, and thus plausibly a doctor, rather than that the vocabulary requires Luke to have been a doctor.

      Best Wishes,

      Ken

      Kenneth A. Olson
      Graduate Teaching Assistant
      Department of History
      2115 Francis Scott Key Hall
      University of Maryland
      College Park, MD 20742                   
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