"Great Catch of Fish," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Luke 10:25-42 Commentary
by Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman
Reading them together, pay attention to what is important that the characters -- and by extension, also we readers -- ought to do.
Luke regularly presents lawyers, expert interpreters of the Law, as antagonists to Jesus. That picture is reinforced here with the notice that the lawyer is “testing” Jesus, just as the devil did and shouldn’t have (cf. 4:12!). The lawyer may call Jesus “Teacher,” but he really is putting himself in the position of grading Jesus’ answer. Jesus quickly changes the dynamic of the situation by posing a question back to him and grading the lawyer’s response with a “You have given the right answer.”
The lawyer, however, wants to “justify” himself, and that’s not good both in the ‘small’ sense of asserting one’s correctness (cf. Luke 16:15; 18:14) and the Pauline ‘big’ sense of being made righteous (cf. Acts 13:38f.). He poses a challenging question to Jesus, but ...
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Narrative Lectionary 070: Good Samaritan
February 17, 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 10:25-42 and Psalm 15 or 15:1.