What is the significance of Mary's contemplation in Luke?

It's quite well-known that St. Luke gave the most attention to Mary's story than the other Gospels, but what in particular is he trying to convey by recording Mary's "pondering" certain 'revelations' in her heart twice?If it had appeared just once, or perhaps even in completely separate chapters (or chapter-sized portions of his Gospel, since they were not original to the texts), it would seem a passing detail (albeit still strange enough to be significant, in my opinion), but Luke goes to the pains of recording it twice (and only about Mary, ...Read more

Who was Luke in the bible?

I have seen his name appear in "Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you." (Colossians 4:14).What more do we know about the author of the book of Luke? Where did he come from? Was he a doctor?...Read more

luke - What does "he delivers the kingdom to God the Father" mean in 1 Corinthians 15:24?

Looking for references of the Gospel in the Bible, I found a very interesting text:* 1 Corinthians 15:22-25 (ESV) For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The Church to which I belong is premillennial, dispensationalist and pretri...Read more

history - Luke 15:8-10, Silver Coin Semedi Headdress in 1st Century Palestine?

In Luke 15, verses 8-10, the Bible tells a story about a woman who loses a silver coin or drachma: “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? Then when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.” (NET)Some Biblical scholars presume that this is part...Read more

In Luke 13:28 does Jesus mean Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are prophets?

As Jesus is traveling through towns and villages on His way to Jerusalem, someone asks Him about the number of those who will be saved: And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” (Luke 13:23 ) [ESV]Jesus gives this answer: 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know whe...Read more

luke - Does the teaching of Christ that Christians will be punished after death undermine the idea of salvation?

47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. -- Luke 12:47-48 Does Christ speak of Christians literally being punished for the sins which they committed knowingly and those committed unknowingly in this verse, or...Read more

contradiction - Do Jesus' words in Luke 10:22 support Marcion's theology

Marcion says that Moses and The Jewish writings should not be relied upon and does not give a clear view of God The Father whom Jesus Christ revealed to the world.Christ says, that no one knew Him except The Father (until The Father sent Him of course), and Christ also says that no one knew The Father until He revealed Him: Luke 10:22 "All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him."Here is who Jesus Ch...Read more

luke - Why did Jesus instruct his disciples to dust their own feet against unwelcoming towns?

At Luke 10:10-11 (NRSVCE) we see one of the instructions that Jesus gives to his disciples while sending them out to preach the Gospel : But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’At first appearance, dusting of one's feet against someone else would be a form of curse. I am, therefore, eager to know if the said instruction of the Lord was given with referen...Read more

Was Jesus quoting from a proverb of His time at Luke 9:62?

At Luke 9:62 (RSVCE) we read: Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”This saying of Jesus has become a proverb in all prominent languages. I'm curious to know if Jesus was quoting an already existent proverb.Some further explanation of the saying would also be welcome, regarding what the farmer would have been looking back at. For instance, would he be seeking someone else's assistance to hold on to the plough, or would he be looking at the 'smooth land' he was leaving behind?...Read more