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HTS Theological Studies

On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
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VAN AARDE, Andries G.. Syncrisis as literary motif in the story about the grown-up child Jesus in the temple (Luke 2:41-52 and the Thomas tradition). Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2019, vol.75, n.3, pp.1-9. ISSN 2072-8050.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i3.5258.

Syncrisis as literary motif in the story about the grown-up child Jesus in the temple (Lk 2:41-52 and the Thomas tradition): The article explores hermeneutical solutions for the negative response from the child Jesus towards his biological parents in the Lukan temple story (Lk 2:41-52). The 'wisdom' of the child who acts in an 'adult-like' way is interpreted as a syncrisis. This literary motif is explained by an analysis of the contrasting positive and negative acts of the child Jesus towards teachers of the Torah in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.

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