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Title: 'He Spoke... Forever'
Subtitle: A Hebrew Idiom in Luke 1,55
Author(s): MÉNDEZ, Hugo
Volume: 98 Issue: 2 Date: 2017
This article isolates three parallels to the expression, 'he spoke… forever' (Luke 1,55) in translations of the Psalms of Solomon and Jubilees. These parallels suggest that Luke 1,55 calques a Hebrew idiom for oath-swearing, likely known to Luke from Greek translations in his sources. Read in light of these parallels, Luke 1,55 fulfills a crucial structural and rhetorical function in its climactic position in the Magnificat, reinforcing the unity of the hymn’s second strophe (vv. 50-55), and giving shape to its theology of covenant and salvation.