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Title: The Importance of the Redactor in Luke 18,9-14
Author(s): KILGALLEN, John J.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 79    Issue: 1   Date: 1998   
Pages: 69-75
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.79.1.3200603

Abstract :
Regarding the story of Luke 18, 9-14 there is disagreement among exegetes as to the reason why, in Jesus' view, the Pharisee did not return home justified. In what did the Pharisee fail? This essay suggests that the answer to this question is to be found in the introductory verse Luke gives to his reader; v. 9 makes clear how Luke read his inherited material (more likely than not including v. 14b) and wanted his reader to understand it. Whereas vv. 10-14 had to do with both Pharisee and Publican, v. 9 turns the reader's attention to the Pharisee and to the reason all his good deeds did not bring him justification.

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