"Great Catch of Fish," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Lord of the Sabbath
Luke 6:1-16 Commentary
by Elisabeth Johnson
Perhaps this is especially easy for us to do with regard to conflicts about Sabbath observance, as we (in western cultures, at least) have all but lost any sense of sacred time.
Most scholars agree that the New Testament portrait of the Pharisees is something of a caricature reflecting tensions between the church and pharisaic Judaism at the time the gospels were written. This caricature tends to obscure the deeper concerns of the Pharisees, who established a reform movement at a time when foreign occupation and Hellenization threatened the Jewish faith and way of life. Taking seriously God’s calling to be a “kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6), they advanced a form of Judaism that extended beyond the temple and sought to sanctify all aspects of daily life.
The Pharisees believed that along with the written Torah, an oral Torah had been given by God to Moses and passed down through the generations. The oral Torah (eventually recorded in the Mishnah and ...
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Narrative Lectionary 066: Lord of the Sabbath
January 27, 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 6:1-16 and Psalm 92 or 92:4.