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The first half of Luke's history of the church which, along with Acts, was addressed to a certain "Theophilus". The gospel of Luke covers the life of Jesus from his birth to his resurrection.

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How many is “a multitude” of heavenly hosts in Luke 2:13

I’ve heard someone teach that it si translated as “murias” which means tens of thousands. The number in the Strong’s is 3461. The Greek word I come up with is “plethos” #4128 which is defined as 1) a ...
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The Parable of the widow and the unjust judge [on hold]

Luke 18 What does Luke 18:8 means when it says when the Son of God returns in reference to the parable?
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Why go above and beyond full restitution? (Numbers 5:7)

Confessing and Paying for Sins Numbers 5:5-8 (GW) 5The Lord said to Moses, 6“Tell the Israelites: If you do something wrong to another person, you have been unfaithful to the Lord. When you ...
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John 9:18 - was Jesus praying 'alone' and his disciples in the room?

και εγενετο εν τω ειναι αυτον προσευχομενον καταμονας συνησαν αυτω οι μαθηται Luke 9:18 - TR (Stephens, Beza, Elzevir and Scrivener are all identical.) And it came to pass, as he was alone ...
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Is the story of Barabbas possibly fabricated?

Note: I believe that the following question is a question of hermeneutics, because exegesis is defined as "a critical interpretation or explanation of the Bible". I would post the relevant passages, ...
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Luke 8:14 - to what does 'of life' refer?

το δε εις τας ακανθας πεσον ουτοι εισιν οι ακουσαντες και υπο μεριμνων και πλουτου και ηδονων του βιου πορευομενοι συμπνιγονται και ου τελεσφορουσιν Luke 8:14 TR-Stephens 1550, Beza 1598, Elzevir ...
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Is the “cock that crows” in Luke 22:34 not an actual rooster but a man that calls for prayer?

https://news.ag.org/Features/Sometimes-a-Rooster-is-Not-a-Rooster This article from the Assemblies of God relates how ancient Jewish phrases in the Bible can be taken too literally and not understood ...
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Did Jesus entered Jerusalem on a Donkey or a Horse (Colt)? If Donkey? Why not Horse? Do Kings ride on Donkey? Lk:19: 30

Why should the Messiah (the King) choose a Donkey to enter into Jerusalem while all the Kings rode on Horse? Do Kings ride on a Donkey? (“Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will ...
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Consecration of the first born

Numbers 3:11,12: ...I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites in place of the first male offspring of every Israelite woman. The Levites are mine, for every firstborn are mine... Why do we ...
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Luke 21:7 what is the significance between “will…be” vs “to take place”

Luke 21:7 ESV: And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” Luke 21,7 Ἐπηρώτησαν δὲ αὐτὸν λέγοντες· διδάσκαλε, πότε ...
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In Luke 5:33-35 does Jesus imply that the Twelve are not part of the bride of the Lamb?

Update I have been researching this and it appears that the whole matter hangs on the definition of "the sons of the bridechamber" which is not obvious to me: KJV Luke 5:34 And he said unto them, ...
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What is the “swept and tidy” house referred to in Matthew 12:43-45 and Luke 11:24?

‘The lost Gospel of Q’ by Burton L. Mack, on pg 91, quotes Luke 11:24-26 seen below (compare Matthew 12:43-45) "When an unclean spirit leaves a person, it wanders through arid regions seeking rest ...
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Is the younger son’s inheritance restored in Luke 15:31?

In Tim Keller’s book The Prodigal God, he stated on page 30 and 45 that beyond simply being restored to the family, the younger son also has his inheritance restored further diminishing the elder son’...
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Per Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3 why did John the Baptist preach the “baptism of repentance” and not “repent” for the forgivness of sin?

John the Baptist never told any one to directly repent of their sin. He preached the "baptism of repentance" for the forgiveness of sin. Is there a significant difference in the two concepts?  ...
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Was ἀλλογενής “created” by the LXX translators as a way to distinguish a certain type of foreigner, such as a Samaritan?

After healing ten lepers, one, whom Luke identifies as a Samaritan, returns: Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face ...
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Are Luke 16:16 and Hebrews 1:1-3 allusions to Zechariah 13:1-5?

Or are the prophets in Zechariah 13 only the prophets of the false gods? Luke and Hebrews both suggest that the time of the prophets has come to an end: [Luk 16:16 NET] 16 "The law and the ...
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Good Samaritan Luke's Gospel - Chronology, Geography [closed]

I'm currently studying the parable of the Good Samaritan, and I'm wondering why it was chronologically placed in Luke 10 which seems to indicate the encounter with the expert in the law occurred ...
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Does the teaching of Christ that Christians will be punished after death undermine the idea of salvation? [closed]

47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.48 But he that knew not, and did commit things ...
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In 1 Corinthians 10:16 does Paul's mention of the “cup of blessing” suggest that the meal was a seder?

1 Corinthians 10:16: KJV The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? MGNT ...
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In Luke 24:16 why were the disciples eyes kept from recognizing Jesus, then opened?

Jesus spoke in parables about the temporary partial judicial hardening that was to occur in order for him to be rejected but Jesus said "to you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of ...
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Can Luke's use of κράτιστε be taken as his way of acknowledging someone who held the office of High Priest?

1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of ...
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In Luke 21:28 what does “redemption” (ἀπολύτρωσις) mean and to what does it refer?

ESV Luke 21:28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption (ἀπολύτρωσις) is drawing near.” What was drawing near?
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In Luke 2:38 what does “redemption” (λύτρωσις) mean and to what does it refer?

NIV Luke 2:38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. What were they expecting ...
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In Luke 2:35 what is meant by “so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed”?

ESV Luke 2: 28he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30for my eyes have seen your salvation ...
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Does Luke 2:32 indicate that Mary would be murdered?

BSB Luke 2: 33The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and ...
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In Luke 1:55, what is Mary saying is forever (εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα)?

In Luke 1:55, the end of Mary's speech, she finishes with: εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα In this context: Lu 1:54,5 ASV 54 He hath given help to Israel his servant, That he might remember mercy 55 (As he spake ...
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Who planted the assembly in Rome to whom Paul wrote “Romans”?

It appears evident from the record of Paul's travels in Acts 16ff that when Paul wrote "Romans" he had never visited Rome yet: NIV Romans 1:10 ...in my prayers at all times; and I pray that ...
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Where in the Bible did Jesus revisit the demon possed man from Decapolis? [closed]

Where in the Bible did Jesus revisit the demon possed man from Decapolis?
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Is it significant that Zacchaeus who wrongfully accused(συκοφαντέω) others climbed a sycamore tree(συκομορέα)?

Vines cites συκοφαντέω to mean showing the fig or fig-shower, meaning someone who accused another of illegaly exporting figs. And the sycamore that Zacchaeus climbed is of the fig family. It it a ...
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Did Christ tell the disciples to stay in Jerusalem before or after they saw Him in Galilee after His resurrection?

Matthew writes: 7And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8And they ...
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Was Jesus hungry or very hungry after 40 days?

The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness is summarised thus: Matthew 4:2 (see for example BibleHub and also Luk 4:2) KJV: And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was ...
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How should Luke 2:2 be translated?

Luke 2:2 in the King James Version says, (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) However, the original Greek text says, αὕτη ἡ ἀπογραφὴ πρώτη ἐγένετο ἡγεμονεύοντος ...
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In Luke 18 why didn't Christ tell the rich young ruler to believe on Him for eternal life, as He had told many others in the Gospel of John?

John 3:14-15 KJV — And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. ...
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How do 'usury', a 'table' and 'exchangers' relate to the Prototokos?

None of the answers to the duplicate linked in the recent question about 'Prototokos' covered the root word 'tokos' in their explanations. 'Tokos' is mentioned twice in scripture - by Matthew, 25:27, ...
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If the sinners in Luke 15:2 are the Pharisee's am haarets, how does this affect applying Ezra and Nehemiah to Christians? [closed]

Here is a reference to relating the use of the term ἁμαρτωλοὺς (sinners) by the Pharisees to mean עַמֵּ֖י הָאֲרָצ֑וֹת translated (peoples of the land by the ESV): Some take “sinners” here to mean ...
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“At table” vs “At the table” in Luke 22:14,27

In the ESV translation, in Luke 22:14 (and Luke 22:27, and there might be other places), it says, "And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him". Now, as a native English ...
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In Luke 11:35 how can light be darkness?

In Luke 11:35, Jesus says "See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness." In Matt 6:23 he says something similar. How can light be darkness? Is he saying that the illumination we think ...
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In Luke 22:31 is the sifting by Satan any different from the sifting by Jesus?

John says of Jesus: Mat 3:12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. While ...
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To whom was Christ referring to in Luke 9:41?

Luke 9:37-42 (NKJV) 37 Now it happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met Him. 38 Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, “Teacher, ...
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In Luke 21:24 is Jesus describing the dispersion of “the twelve tribes of Israel”, the 10 “lost” tribes or the remaining 3 tribes?

KJV Luk 21:20  And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.  Luk 21:21  Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let ...
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Why does the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew (NASB) omit Admin of Luke 3:33 (NASB)?

I'm comparing both Matthew and Luke's genealogy of Jesus. Matthew wrote this: Ram was the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon... - Mat 1:3 (NASB) And Luke wrote this: the ...
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Did Jesus recover the lost tribes of Israel?

According to Encylopaedia Brittanica all of the tribes of Israel except Benjamin, Judah and Levi have been "lost to history", assimilated into other peoples and no longer have a Jewish identity: ......
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What was the sin attributed to the Galileans at Luke 13:1-2?

At Luke 13: 1-2 we see: At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because ...
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Were the Pharisees baptized by John?

Matthew 3:7-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the ...
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How did Matthew and Luke get different prices for sparrow?

I got the idea for this question from: Have any biblical scholars investigated the question of why Luke was getting a better price on his sparrows than Matthew?—@browserdotsys on Twitter The ...
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In Luke 8:43 what is “an issue of blood”?

In Luke 8:43-44 we read 43 ¶ And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 44 Came behind him, and ...
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In Luke 19:45-48 why didn't temple guards immediately arrest Jesus while he was “cleansing the temple”?

The Roman soldiers and the temple guards didn't pin Jesus to the ground on the site but waited for a week to arrest him. Since Jesus did quite a crime in the eyes of the chief priests and there was a ...
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In Luke 15,1-7 is the shepherd in the parable equated to the Pharisees and the scribes?

ΚΑΤΑ ΛΟΥΚΑΝ 15,1 Ἦσαν δὲ αὐτῷ ἐγγίζοντες πάντες οἱ τελῶναι καὶ οἱ ἁμαρτωλοὶ ἀκούειν αὐτοῦ. 2 καὶ διεγόγγυζον οἵ τε Φαρισαῖοι καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς λέγοντες ὅτι οὗτος ἁμαρτωλοὺς προσδέχεται καὶ συνεσθίει ...
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Markan priority, Q, and the parable of the mustard seed

I am familiar with and generally accept the current consensus of the writing of the gospels: Mark was written first Q is not extant but was thought to be a common source for Matthew and Luke Matthew ...
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Is there any ambiguity in Luke 2:5 to whether Mary and Joseph were already married?

From a comparison of various translations of Luke 2:5 it seems there might be some ambiguity in this verse as to whether Mary and Joseph were married by the time they were traveling to Bethlehem. Some ...