“Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead?” Rhetorical Questions in the Lukan Resurrection Narrative
Journal of Biblical Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Theology
This article addresses the role of the rhetorical questions in the resurrection account in Luke 24–Acts 1 in order to provide insight into the rhetorical strategy of the author of Luke-Acts. The preface to Luke implies that Jesus’s story was met with uncertainty (Luke 1:4). Indeed, the resurrection of Jesus was a central point of debate. I propose that in each of the four postresurrection appearance narratives—those of the two angelic men (Luke 24:1–12, Acts 1:9–14) and those of the risen Jesus (Luke 24:13–35, 36–53), the rhetorical questions raised by Jesus and the two men (Luke 24:5b, 26, 38; Acts 1:11) function to identify clearly, and ultimately defend, the crucial issues in the debate over Jesus’s resurrection.
Prince, Deborah, "“Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead?” Rhetorical Questions in the Lukan Resurrection Narrative" (2016). Theology Faculty Publications and Presentations. 7.