Jesus, Liberation, and the Biblical Jubilee
Sharon H. Ringe, beginning with this Lukan text, addresses the Jubilee images and traditions in the Synoptic Gospels, especially in Jesus' proclamation of the reign of God. She illuminates how the Jubilee traditions served as a source for early Christian ethics and Christology: "to confess Jesus as the Christ - herald of the Jubilee, messenger, and enactor of liberation - is to participate in acts of liberation." Ringe concludes that the agenda of liberation constitutes the very core of both the gospel message and biblical faith: "the word of God fulfilled in the presence of Jesus of Nazareth is alive with images of liberation." In the final chapter, "In Christ We Are Set Free," she explores further the implications of her findings for contemporary ethical and christological reflection.
Sharon H. Ringe