Empathy for the psychological underdog: A positive psychological approach to Luke's Gospel

Taking the lead from Wisdom of Solomon 7:20, which clearly indicates that ancient authors did engage in the specialised 'scientific' (although contemporary) study of mental processes (...), it is argued that the author of Luke's Gospel paid special attention to the alleviation of huma...

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Published in: Hervormde teologiese studies Vol. 70; no. 1; pp. 1 - 8
Main Author: Scheffler, Eben
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Portuguese
Afrikaans
Published: Pretoria AOSIS (Pty) Ltd 01-01-2014
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Reformed Theological College of the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria and Society for Practical Theology in South Africa
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Summary: Taking the lead from Wisdom of Solomon 7:20, which clearly indicates that ancient authors did engage in the specialised 'scientific' (although contemporary) study of mental processes (...), it is argued that the author of Luke's Gospel paid special attention to the alleviation of human psychological suffering. Employing an approach recently being labelled as 'positive psychology', attention will be paid to general affliction (e.g. Lk 4:18; 6:21, 25), old age (Lk 1:5.80; 2:25.38), grief (e.g. Lk 7:11.17) and the emphasis on mental processes in Luke's portrayal of Jesus' exorcisms (e.g. Lk 4:35; 6:18.19; 9:38), as well as the psychological dimension involved in other types of suffering (e.g. poverty, sickness, enmity and social ostracism). The ¡®mental process', 'feelings' or 'empathy' that motivate the alleviation of suffering (in the behaviour of Jesus and his followers) will also come into focus in the discussion of the Lucan use of the terms ... (Lk 6:36), ... and ... (e.g. Lk 10:33, 37).
ISSN: 0259-9422
2072-8050
2072-8050
DOI: 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2742