Harris, S. (2016). The Davidic Shepherd King in the Lukan Narrative.

The Davidic motif is well recognised in the Lukan narrative but David’s identity as God’s shepherd king has not seemed to influence how scholars have understood the Lukan Jesus and his mission to seek and save the lost. This thesis argues that David’s identity as God’s shepherd cannot be separated from his kingship, and that Luke takes this aspect of David into his narrative. I use a narrative methodology that relies heavily on exegetical discussion to explore the text. Luke’s own intention to write a διήγησις that is orderly (καθeξῆς) and written from the beginning (ἄνωθeν) is thus followed. In light of the path Luke has set, I pay particular attention to the primacy effect as this sets the trajectory for a narrative, the cumulative and cohesive nature of narrative, gaps and blanks in narrative which invite the reader to find meaning, and the use of Leitwortstil to reveal and clarify meaning. I also use Hays’ test for echoes since Luke’s writing uses a number of implicit tools to direct the reader to understand Jesus’ mission and ministry. [PDF]