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Mary Magdalene

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I am surprised with the dogmatism of commentaries that show their authors had studied the Scriptures referring to Mary Magdalene and the unnamed woman sinner in Luke 7:36-50, and, almost with a single voice, conclude identification of the unnamed woman is impossible. This is especially true, if one tries to show Mary Magdalene is the woman in Luke 7 who is known to be a sinner. In fact, some commentators even conclude it would be impossible to say Mary was a great sinner at all, despite the fact that Luke tells us Jesus had cast out seven demons from her (Luke 8:2). While it is true the demonic possession was viewed as an illness in the 1st century AD, it is also true that, because Jesus forgave sins through the miracle of healing (cf. Luke 5:23-24), sinful behavior was understood to be manifest in an illness or demonic possession. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who is the Unnamed Woman of Luke 7?

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The Synoptics all record an unnamed woman who anointed Jesus during or just after a meal at which he was a guest of honor. Both Matthew and Mark record the meal near the end of his public ministry in Matthew 26:1-13 and Mark 14:1-9, but Luke mentions the event closer to the beginning of his ministry, just after the beginning of his second year (Luke 7:36-50). The fourth Gospel is the only one of the narratives that names the woman who anointed Jesus. It was Mary, the sister of Martha, who lived in Bethany (cf. John 12:1-8). The similarity between John’s account and that of Matthew and Mark leaves little doubt that their unnamed woman is, indeed, Mary, Martha’s sister. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who is Simon the Pharisee?

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As I claimed in another study, Luke presents the supper that Simon the Pharisee held in Jesus’ honor in such a way that it is hinted we should know who the main characters are. This is done, first, by naming the Pharisee. The sect of the Pharisees is mentioned just under ninety times in the Gospel records, yet Simon and Nicodemus (John 3:1) are the only Pharisees identified by name. Why would Luke do this, unless Simon can be identified elsewhere? Secondly, Luke implies identification of the main characters can be accomplished through comparing familiar things done at this banquet that are found elsewhere in the Synoptics and John. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus and Samuel the Prophet

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I find it interesting that both Mary and Zacharias refer to Hannah’s song of praise in their own songs (1Samuel 2:1-10),[1] and Luke shows a parallel in the early lives of both Jesus and Samuel. Luke tells us that Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth (Luke 2:40) where Jesus spent his life before his public ministry. At the age of 12 Jesus returned to Jerusalem at the time of the Passover with his parents (Luke 2:41-42) and caused alarm when he remained in Jerusalem unbeknownst to Joseph and Mary, as they took their journey back to Nazareth (Luke 2:43-.45). It has been said that the women began their journey home before the men, while faster paced men lingered at Jerusalem but were easily able to catch up to the slower traveling women by the day’s end.[2] It appears Mary thought Jesus lingered with the men, while Joseph thought he left earlier with his mother. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Does Luke Contradict Matthew?

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Luke claims Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth in Galilee, when all things according to the Law were fulfilled (Luke 2:39). What does this mean and is there a contradiction between his account and that of Matthew who claims Joseph and Mary went down into Egypt from Bethlehem before returning to Nazareth? Weren’t “all things according to the Law” (Luke 2:39) performed with Mary’s purification and Jesus’ presentation in the Temple? Actually, there were a few more things yet to be done to satisfy the Law after Mary’s purification was completed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus and Anna, the Prophetess

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While Simeon was still testifying about Jesus, Luke says a prophetess named Anna (Hannah) of the tribe of Asher, who lived in Jerusalem entered the Temple compound (Luke 2:36-38). Why would he write what amounts to three verses, describing a widow of about eighty-four years of age, who had been married for only seven years when she was very young? He uses two verses to describe her, only to say that she gave thanks (presumably over what Simeon had said) and spoke of Jesus to anyone who looked forward to the coming of the Messiah (Luke 2:38). Why was this important enough for Luke to mention it to Theophilus (Luke 1:3), as an apologetic to support the fact that Jesus was the Messiah? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Simeon and Jesus

SimeonLuke tells us of a man named Simeon, who came into the Temple by the leading of God’s Spirit (Luke 2:25, 27). The Scripture implies he was already there when Joseph and Mary came in with Jesus (Luke 2:27). What is significant about Simeon, according to Luke, is that he was just a (righteous) man and devout (cautious and religious, pious). The Holy Spirit was upon him, and he waited for the consolation of Israel—i.e. he anticipated the fulfillment of the 70 Weeks Prophecy, which predicted the coming of the Messiah near the time of Jesus’ birth. What the Holy Spirit revealed to him was that he wouldn’t die until he met the Messiah (Luke 2:26). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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