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The ‘Our Father’ of My Childhood
The Contexts of the Story
The Historical Context of the Our Father
My Historical Context
Blending Contexts in an On-going History
Companions on the Way
The Word ‘Debt/Indebted’ in the Our Father
Main Focus on Luke 11:4
Usual Interpretation of ‘Sin’ and ‘Debt’
Larger Than Sin
Indebtedness in Jesus’ Historical Setting
Where has the Jubilee Year Gone?
Rabbi Hillel’s Prosbul
The Significance of the Word ‘Debt’
The Jubilee Year in the Lk 4:16-30
More Than Sin-Orientation: The Kingdom of God
Breaking Fixed or Petrified Perspectives
Re-reading Lk 11:4 Through Jesus’ Eyes
Re-reading Lk 11:4 Through the Eyes of an Awakened, Poor Jew
Re-reading Lk 11:4 in the Larger Context of Luke’s Gospel
Lk 18: 18-27: a Commentary on Luke’s ‘Our Father’.
Social Justice in the Larger Context of Luke-Acts
Re-reading Lk 11:4 in the Context of Acts 2 and 4
Re-reading Luke 11:4 in My Context
The Need for an Alternative Spirituality
Before We Part Ways: Time to Recharge and Refresh
As We Part
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The Jubilee Year in the Lk 4:16-30. Many scholars claim that Lk 4:16-30 contains the central theme of Luke and Acts. Moreover, it contains the central program of Jesus’ mission. Important to note is the fact that the core of Lk 4:16-30 lies in the quotation from Isaiah 61:1; 58:6 which is found in Lk 4:18-19:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives

and recovery of sight to the blind,

to let the oppressed go free,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

The year of the Lord’s favor is another name for the Jubilee Year which includes four social justice provisions, namely the release of Israelite slaves,[11] restoration of properties to impoverished Israelites, rest to the land,[12][13] and release or cancellation of the debts of poor Israelites.[14] Since Lk 4:19 mentions the Jubilee Year, we may somehow connect the forgiveness of the indebted mentioned in Luke 11:4 to the release of debts in the Jubilee Year provisions.[15] But this is not without problems. For some scholars, it is not air-tight certain that Luke really intended to refer to the Jubilee year as Jesus’ distinctive concern. This is so because they regard Luke’s quotation of the Jubilee as metaphorically referring to Jesus’ messianic mission to die on the cross for the release or forgiveness of humanity’s (or souls’) bondage to sin or indebtedness because of sin; accordingly, the word ‘indebted’ in Lk 11:4 is understood as synonymous to the word ‘sinner.’ Hence, this kind of reading -- especially when it is regarded as the only possible and correct interpretation -- cannot but tone down or obliterate the Jubilee Year’s message of social justice.


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