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Luke 9:51-62 Commentary
by Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman
Now in 9:51, Jesus “set his face to go to Jerusalem.” It’s a critical turning point in the Gospel. In the previous Narrative Lectionary reading, I noted that it is closely linked to his Transfiguration. We see the glorified Jesus, but we also see where this all going to end up in Jerusalem with betrayal, suffering, and death.
There is actually a lot going on in 9:51, and you will notice this by comparing various English translations and watching how it plays in the next few verses.
“When the days drew near for him to be taken up” There are two interesting aspects of this phrase. First, it’s not just that the days are approaching, but there is also the sense that the time is coming to completion (sumpleroo). Second, the expression “taken up” (analempsis) is a literal translation, and could refer to Jesus’ going up to Jerusalem, being lifted up on the cross, or taken up from the tomb. It is clear from the use of this word in Acts 1:2, ...
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Narrative Lectionary 069: Ash Wednesday
February 13, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's readings are: Luke 9:51-62 and Psalm 5:7-8 or 5:8.