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Blending Contexts in an On-going History
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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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Social Justice in the Larger Context of Luke-Acts. Scholars generally agree that Luke is the first part of a larger work. The second part is the Acts of the Apostles. Remarkable to note in these works is the fact that the Greek word for ‘poor and oppressed’ which is ?????? (ptochos) was used by Luke 10 times in his gospel (5 times in Matthew, 5 times in Mark and 4 times in John), but was never used in Acts. A synonym for ptochos which is ?????? (endes, meaning ‘needy’) is found only once in Acts.

There’s a beautiful explanation for the aforementioned philological observation: In Luke, we find Jesus’ prophetic exhortation about social justice. The early Christian community in Acts concretely lived out such exhortation resulting in a community of fellowship and radical sharing in which nobody was poor or in need. This kind of community life was not only the early Christians’ response to Jesus’ prophetic preaching; it was also an act of obedience to Yahweh who, as mentioned earlier, desires that no one among his people should be poor or needy (Cf. Dt 15:4).

Acts 2:43-47

Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Acts 4:32-37

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.



 
 


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