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Tower in Siloam
Luke 13:1-9, 31-35 Commentary
by Sharon H. Ringe
Apparently, groups of people wander in and out of the audience, so that the various instructions and commentaries need to be sorted out as for Jesus’ disciples or a larger crowd of onlookers. His immediate audience is a crowd of interested and curious folks who may or may not be committed to Jesus’ ministry and his goals. They are, however, folks trying to deal with the reality of their life as an occupied people governed in the interests of Rome’s imperial project. They have been dealing with how to navigate the probably corrupt and certainly biased legal system (12:57-59).
Some in the group inquire about an issue in their recent experience: what does Jesus think about it (13:1)? We do not know the specifics of Pilate’s slaughter of some Galileans. The sad truth is that Pilate’s regime was violent and arbitrary in its treatment of people entrusted to his governance, and most specific incidents left no traces in the public imperial records. (Before we act horrified ...
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Narrative Lectionary 071: Tower in Siloam
February 24, 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 13:1-9, 31-35; and Psalm 122 or 122:6.