A Historical-Critical and Morpho-Synthatic Interpretation of Luke 4:18-19

Patrick Yankyera, Jonathan E.T. Kuwornu-Adjaottor,ORCID iD  Emmanuel Kojo Ennin Antwi ORCID iD & Frimpong Wiafe

Issue: Vol.6  No.6 September 2020 5th Anniversary Special Edition  Article 7 pp. 325-333
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2020097    |   Published online 5th October 2020.
© 2020 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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This paper examines the meaning of Luke 4:18-19 using the historical-critical method to establish the meaning of the text under study. The objective here is to investigate the origins of the pericope to understand “the world behind the text” as well as its applicability in contemporary Pentecostal/Charismatic churches in Ghana. This paper contends that finding out the accurate meaning of biblical text is relevant for Christian life and ministry. It discovers that Jesus makes it known that he is the focus of the foretold word of Isaiah. This confirms that he is the carrier of the Spirit, the gospel’s proclaimer, the eschatological prophet and the one who comes to set the oppressed free. He was bestowed with all the Spirit’s gifts and graces, not by measure, as it was on Old Testament kings, priests and prophets but by divine unction. The paper concludes that Jesus’ claim of having been mandated by God to accomplish the task of preaching salvation to humanity. His identification with the promised Messiah in the Isaianic prophecies indicates that he was commissioned and empowered to carry out a holistic ministry which involves not only preaching salvation but also meeting the social needs of people he encountered. The study recommends that proper interpretation of Scripture using the right tools should be adopted in order to ascertain the right meaning of biblical text such as Luke 4:18-19 for application. The study contributes to research knowledge on the holistic approach to ministry pointing out clearly that the ministry is not only for the spiritual growth of a person but also a person’s social wellbeing.

Keywords: Interpretation, Anointing, Gospel, Acceptable Year of the Lord.

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Patrick Yankyera is the Senior Pastor of the Rhema Assemblies of God Church, Ahinsan Kumasi. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology- Kumasi Ghana.
Jonathan Edward Tetteh Kuwornu-Adjaottor is an Associate Professor of New Testament and Mother Tongue Biblical Hermeneutics in the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Kumasi Ghana.
Emmanuel Kojo Ennin Antwi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Kumasi Ghana.
Frimpong Wiafe is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Kumasi Ghana.

Yankyera, P,  Kuwornu-Adjaottor, J.E.T., Antwi, E. K. E., Frimpong, W. “A Historical-Critical and Morpho-Synthatic Interpretation of Luke 4:18-19” E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies – 5th Anniversary Special Edition 6, no.6 (2020): 318-324  https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2020097

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