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Jesus in Luke
Jesus is a teller of parables.
  See the page of unique material in Luke for a list, but it is in Luke that the great parables are found: the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan, the Unjust Judge, etc.
Jesus the Zen master

No commentator on Luke would use this term to describe Jesus in Luke, however there are several pairs of stories that seem to contradict each other, yet that when read more deeply prove helpful at overcoming the limited way we tend to divide up the world.

Do you have to give up all your money to follow Jesus?
Yes? 18:18-23 The Rich Young Ruler
No? 19:10 Zacchaeus

Is serving the poor better than a life of contemplation?
Yes? 10:25-37 Parable of the Good Samaritan
No? 10:38-42 Mary and Martha

Is prayer or action for justice the best choice?
Yes: 18:2-5 Parable of the Unjust Judge and the Persistent Widow
No: 18:1, 6-8: Parable of the Unjust Judge and the Persistent Widow

Jesus at prayer
  Jesus is seen praying at 3:21, 6:12, 9:18, 9:28, 11:1, 22:41
Additionally parables about prayer include 18:1, 18:10

Last updated 4/290/03; first posted 6/16/02 © 2003 John P. Nordin