A Literary and Theological Exploration of the Temptation Account in the Gospel of Luke

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Zoe Saulnier


This paper serves as an exegesis of the temptation account found in the Gospel of Luke. I provide a historical perspective of the interpretational shift regarding the identity of the devil and of what power he holds. Then I proceed to highlight the macro and micro level differences between the temptation accounts offered in the other two synoptic gospels (Mark and Matthew), before diving into critical analysis of the specific recounting in Luke’s gospel. I end the paper by discussing the theological and practical impacts of Luke’s temptation account. That is, I delve into the theology surrounding why the temptation narrative is pertinent to our modern day interpretation of the scriptures.

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