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Repeated motifs in Luke
Setting the story of Jesus in the context of the Roman empire
  Luke is the only gospel writer who mentions Roman emperors and uses them to establish chronology .
Data: 1:5, 2:1f, 3:1-2
A pattern of promise/fulfillment/praise (set up in 1:1)
  Data: 1:13: Zchariah's wife would have a son / 1:57: John is born / 1:67 Song of Zechariah
1:31: Mary would conceive a son / 1:41-42: Unborn John bears witness / 1;46-55: Song of Mary
2:26: Simeon would see the Messiah / 2:28: He sees Jesus / 2:29: Song of Simeon
Two great journeys: Jesus to Jerusalem (9:51), Paul to Rome (in Acts)
The role of women in the gospel
  See Prof. Felix Just's site for a full list. Some highlights include:
ch. 1: Mary and Elizabeth
ch. 2: Anna
7:36-50 the woman at Simon's house
8:1-3: the women who provide for Jesus
10:38-42: Mary and Martha
13:10-17: healing of a woman (among other healings)
17:35: two women grinding grain
18:1-8 Parable of the persistent widow
(to include only incidents unique to Luke)
The crucifixion is a miscarriage of justice.

Rather than seeing the crucifixion of Jesus in the light of how it appeases God, or of direct theological terms, Luke emphasizes how "Jesus was innocent" and that the cross is justice gone amok.
See the issues page, and the close reading section on the passion for details.

The Samaritans
  They are mentioned at 9:52, 10:25-37, 17:11-16 and Acts 8:25 and in a uniformly positive way. John has one story (4:4) involving them, but otherwise they are not mentioned, or mentioned positively in the gospels.

Last updated 4/28/08; posted 10/28/00; © 2005 John P. Nordin