Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Basilius Achridenus, Archbishop of Thessalonike¯ (approximately 1169) from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source.
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Simeon and Anna
Luke 2:21-38 Commentary
by Emerson Powery
The start of a new year causes many to reflect on new beginnings, new possibilities, and newness of life.
Religious institutions provide opportunities to mark these occasions to remember the seasons of our lives and to reclaim God’s purposes for human reality. In that spirit, the arrival of Jesus causes many reactions of various sorts.
Luke presents Jesus’ parents as dedicated pious law-abiders, even while ignoring the potential shame of Mary’s pregnancy (see also Matthew 1:19). Just before this passage, shepherds visited the child and revealed to everyone in the area what they had heard from an angel. They announced the “good news” about Jesus as “savior, Messiah, and Lord” (see also 2:10); the crowd was “amazed” and Mary kept it to herself (Luke 2:18-19). In 2:21-38, the religious establishment would make its own compatible claims.
Mary and Joseph had sufficient funds to travel to Bethlehem to be registered even if they were unable to secure a decent guestroom for the occasion. They were either poor planners or they simply did not have ...
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NL250: Simeon and Anna
January 01, 2017
This podcast on Luke 2:21-38, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Jan. 1, 2017, features Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Matt Skinner. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.