HUMAN DIGNITY ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL OF LUKE1

Johann du Plessis

Abstract



Human dignity can be studied from two perspectives: a fundamental approach and also
that of existential experience of human dignity and indignity. This study addresses both
aspects. Taking into account that the first audience of Luke was mixed, but probably
included a significant number of �haves�, a social analysis is done to discern criteria of
worthiness in the Early-Mediterranean world that is addressed by the Lucan narrative.
Then follows a literary and semantic analysis of relevant passages from Luke, and finally
some conclusions are drawn about Lucan perspectives on human dignity. These are: Jesus
as the vantage point for bestowing dignity; dignity is assigned through association; one of
the main Lucan viewpoints is that dignity involves powerlessness and vulnerability; and
finally that dignity does not exclude suffering.

Keywords


Human Dignity, Worthiness, Association, Powerless, Vulnerable, Suffering

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/105-0-159

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