In Luke 4:20 'Jesus sat down'...

Did He sit down in the chair reserved for the Messiah in the synagogue?

  • When scripture is silent, only opinions can be expressed.
    – Nigel J
    Feb 25 at 12:46

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In Luke 4:20, the "sitting down" is in the synagogue preacher's chair. Note the comments of Ellicott:

And sat down.—This conveys to us the idea of falling back to a place of comparative obscurity among the congregation. To the Jew it implied just the opposite. The chair near the place from which the lesson was read was the pulpit of the Rabbi, and to sit down in that chair (as in Matthew 5:1; Matthew 23:2) was an assumption by our Lord, apparently for the first time in that synagogue, of the preacher’s function. This led to the eager, fixed gaze of wonder which the next clause speaks of.

Benson offers similar remarks:

And sat down — The Jewish doctors, to show their reverence for the Scriptures, always stood when they read them, but when they taught the people they sat down. See Matthew 23:2. Thus we here find our Lord sitting down in the synagogue to preach, after he had read the passage in the prophet, which he made the subject of his discourse.

  • What does ἀνέκυψεν mean in John 8:7? Did Jesus speak as a Rabbi or a Judge? Or another quality of function?
    – Betho's
    Feb 24 at 14:00
  • @RobertoPezzinFilho - Jesus spoke as a teacher of the eternal truth. Based on John 3:17, Jesus' function was NOT to sit in judgement.
    – Dottard
    Feb 24 at 19:28
  • I, you and many here know that the authenticity of this pericope lacks unanimity. Jesus did not defend the woman.... Jesus fulfilled Deuteronomy 17:7, the woman's luck was that the witnesses were not suitable... even because the adulterous man did not make himself present in the process requested.
    – Betho's
    Feb 24 at 19:52
  • @RobertoPezzinFilho - I think you may be confusing Luke 4:20 with John 8:1-11.
    – Dottard
    Feb 24 at 20:02
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    @RobertoPezzinFilho - that would be good as a seperate question. But suffice to say here that "starighten up" is different from "rise" (ie, to stand) as in Lev 19:35.
    – Dottard
    Feb 24 at 21:29

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