Satan's Fall and the Mission of the Seventy-Two
2011 (English)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 76, 95-114 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This is a close reading of the cryptic reference to Satan’s fall in Luke10:18, one of the more important verses relating to the devil in the NewTestament. This verse is found only in Luke, and my goal in this paper isto interpret it in the context of that gospel. My primary interests are not inascertaining whether this is an authentic logion of Jesus, whether it can beused to reconstruct the historical Jesus, or what its original Sitz im Lebenmight have been.1 For the sake of simplicity, I will refer to the author ofLuke’s Gospel as Luke. My interpretation does not rest on identifying theauthor of this gospel with the person(s?) referred to in Col 4:14, 2 Tim4:11, and Phm 24.
In an earlier study of the references to “the ruler of this world” inJohn’s Gospel I concluded that, according to that gospel, Satan has beencast down from the heavenly council but remains a force to be reckonedwith on earth.2 In this article I will argue that the report of Satan’s fall inLuke assumes a similar series of events, with the difference that Luke’saccount seems to imply that Satan’s fall is realized each time individuals –beginning with the seventy-two – respond in obedience to Jesus and areempowered by him.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 76, 95-114 p.
devil, New Testament, Luke 10:18
Research subject Humanities, Study of Religions
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-14272OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-14272DiVA: diva2:441709