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Luke 24:1-16 Commentary
by Marilyn Salmon
One could say that there are no surprises in Luke.
From the beginning of this gospel, the narrator prepares the readers and listeners for what follows. There are clues along the way, reminding the audience of what they have heard and foreshadowing what will happen. Readers who practice the art of reading “forward and backward” through Luke will be enriched by paying attention to the signs.
The empty tomb narrative is a good example. We know it is coming. Most Christians have heard it before. We know that Easter follows the season of Lent: Jesus’ resurrection follows his crucifixion. This is the identity-forming narrative of Christianity. The empty tomb and the proclamation “He has risen” are common to all four gospels. There are some distinctive features of Luke’s narrative, however.
Follow the Women
In each gospel account, Mary Magdalene is present. Matthew includes “the other Mary” (28:1). Mark adds “Mary the mother of James and Salome” (16:1). Luke includes more women. Joanna ...
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The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. Read more.
Narrative Lectionary 078: Empty Tomb
March 31, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. The readings for Easter are: Luke 24:1-16; and Psalm 118:17, 21-24 or 118:22.