New Publication: “‘He Spoke… Forever’: A Hebrew Idiom in Luke 1,55”

My latest article with Biblica is posted online.

Abstract:
“This article isolates three parallels to the expression, “he spoke… forever” (Luke 1,55) in translations of the Psalms of Solomon and Jubilees. These parallels suggest that Luke 1,55 calques a Hebrew idiom for oath-swearing, likely known to Luke from Greek translations in his sources. Read in light of these parallels, Luke 1,55 fulfills a crucial structural and rhetorical function in its climactic position in the Magnificat, reinforcing the unity of the hymn’s second strophe (vv. 50- 55), and giving shape to its theology of covenant and salvation.”