Christ in the Synagogue by Ge, N. N. (Nikolai Nikolaevich), from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source.
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Sermon at Nazareth
Luke 4:14-30 Commentary
by O. Wesley Allen Jr.
It is difficult to exaggerate the significance of Jesus’ sermon in Nazareth for Luke’s overarching narrative.
There is a sense in which this passage is the thesis statement for Luke, or even Luke-Acts; so preachers need to explore it in some exegetical detail with their congregations to fund preaching through Luke in the Narrative Lectionary. Even though Jesus gives the shortest, one-sentence sermon ever in this passage (verse 21), contemporary preachers will need a little longer to explore the text’s import.
Evidence of the significance of this passage for Luke’s overarching purposes begin with the fact that in Luke’s narrative, this scene, following on the heels of the temptation story (Luke 4:1-13) is the first explicit public event of Jesus’ ministry. In the other Synoptics, that act is a general summary of Jesus’ proclamation of the reign of God and the call of the fishermen (Mark 1:14-20//Matthew 4:17-22). In the Third Gospel, however, Jesus is presented as launching his ministry from his hometown synagogue.
He does this by reading a passage from Isaiah 61:1-2 ...
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NL252: Sermon at Nazareth
January 15, 2017
This podcast on Luke 4:14-30, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Jan. 15, 2017, features Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Matt Skinner. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.