One Saviour And Two Responses: A Comparison And Analysis Of Luke 18:18-30 And 19:1-10 -- By: Dan Lioy
Conspectus 23:1 (March 2017) p. 125
One Saviour And Two Responses: A Comparison And Analysis Of Luke 18:18-30 And 19:1-10
This journal article undertakes a comparison and analysis of Luke 18:18-30 and 19:1-10. One reason for doing so is the paucity of scholarship exploring the interrelationship between these two texts. A second motivation is that both passages showcase two contrasting responses to the Saviour, one characterized by unbelief and the other by belief. A third incentive for this endeavour is that the importance of believing in the Saviour receives elucidation. As this essay demonstrates, each narrative advances a key theme of the third Synoptic Gospel, namely, that Jesus, the divine-human Son, came to earth to unshackle those enslaved to sin and restore them in their relationship with God.
The Gospel of Luke provides readers with a detailed account of Jesus’ works, teachings, and life. Like the other three canonical Gospel writers,
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Luke paid close attention to historical facts. For instance, the Evangelist recorded the names of several Roman officials in power at the time of Jesus’ birth; yet, in contrast to contemporary writing conventions, the author was not obsessed with furnishing precise details or maintaining a slavish chronological order. Indeed, numerous events placed in this Gospel are not arranged to match the exact sequence in which they occurred.
Furthermore, rather than Luke being exhaustive in his treatment of his subject, he only included information that he deemed essential for understanding the way of salvation. The author’s interest was to demonstrate the historical veracity and worldwide significance of the soteriological events he narrated. This included depicting Jesus not only as the Jewish Messiah, but also as the Saviour of all the earth’s inhabitants. Fittingly, the Evangelist portrays Jesus as the Redeemer who sought to find and deliver people who were ‘lost’ (19:10).
It would be incorrect to surmise that the Gospel of Luke is merely a compilation of irreconcilable fragments; instead, it is better to regard the third Synoptic Gospel as an integrated narrative written by a well-informed person. In contrast to the other three gospels, which were presumably penned by Jewish believers, a Gentile Christian possibly wrote the Gospel of Luke. An alternative, lesser-held option is that Luke was a Hellenized Jew. If Luke was a Gentile, his own ethnic roots and his Gentile audien...
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