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Exploring Luke’s Gospel

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Francis, L. J., & Atkins, P. (2000). Exploring Luke’s Gospel: A Guide to the Gospel Readings in the Revised Common Lectionary. London and New York: Mowbray.

Leslie Francis, at the University of Wales, has done extensive research into Jung’s personality types and their influence on self-knowledge and biblical interpretation. In this book, he and Peter Atkins take each of the 51 passages in the Gospel of Luke that are part of the Revised Common Lectionary and suggest approaches to each which reflect the four Jungian functions of Sensing, Intuition, Thinking and Feeling. At times the suggestions seem strained, as not every passage lends itself profitably to examination from all four perspectives, but the book does illustrate the potential and necessity of recognizing that different personalities will approach texts differently. See also Francis’ volume on the Gospel of Mark.


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