Adelbert Denaux, «Style and Stylistcs, with Special Reference to Luke.», Vol. 19 (2006) 31-51
Taking Saussure’s distinction between language (langue) and speech (parole) as a starting point, the present article describes a concept of ‘style’ with special reference to the use of a given language system by the author of Luke-Acts. After discussing several style definitions, the question is raised whether statistics are helpful for the study of style. Important in the case of Luke is determining whether his use of Semitisms is a matter of style or of language, and to what extent he was influenced by ancient rhetoric. Luke’s stylistics should focus on his preferences (repetitions, omissions, innovations) from the range of possibilities of his language system (“Hellenistic Greek”), on different levels (words, clauses, sentences, rhetorical-narrative level and socio-rhetorical level), within the limits of the given grammar, language development and literary genre.