And until Jesus was told, did he not know that John the Baptist was beheaded? McGarvey noted, “he did not know it” (n.d., p. 107). (I think John must have wondered. Luke is an interesting writer because he did not know Jesus Christ personally. We do not know exactly when John the Baptist finally figured out that Jesus was the Messiah. The Jews were even asking John if he were the Messiah - Luke 3:15) They had thought that Jesus was just like them. Answer: There are a number of times in the Gospels when Jesus’ words are quoted or His actions are described during times that He was alone. On this model, we would see, for example, that Luke did not object to Matthew’s addition of a genealogy to Mark, but that he did want to alter the ancestors on which it focused. Luke: Did not know Jesus directly, but gathered His … Jesus And The Hidden Contradictions Of The Gospels The New Testament contains multiple versions of the life and teachings of Jesus. Even after John was arrested and was in prison, he still wasn't sure. Best Answer: Matthew (Levi) knew Jesus and was His disciple, and yes Matthew is considered a genuine letter. And if he did, why make up the story about the census to do so? Question: "Did Paul ever meet Jesus in person?" The Gospel according to Luke (Greek: Εὐαγγέλιον κατὰ Λουκᾶν, romanized: Euangélion katà Loukân), also called the Gospel of Luke, or simply Luke, tells of the origins, birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. Answer: The subject of Jesus Christ and His saving work were at the forefront of the apostle Paul’s ministry. However, the others seem to have personally known Jesus. Bart Ehrman, the author of Jesus… Luke is an interesting writer because he did not know Jesus Christ personally. (Luke 4:18–19) The Jewish people of Jesus’ day looked forward ... Perhaps the most important and mysterious question is what Mary understood regarding Jesus’ divinity. They really did not know Him as a child. They did not know Him as Mary did. Both Matthew and John mention things (events, statements) not mentioned by the others. Luke: Did not know Jesus directly, but gathered His information from eye witnesses and the Apostles. Luke is written to a Christian with little education in the life of Christ, making this book a terrific starting point for believers interested in studying His life today. First, he did not personally witness most of the events he wrote about, but instead “having followed all things closely for some time past” decided “to write an orderly account” concerning the life of Jesus and the early church. I wasn't sure which section to place this post. -G.D. So it’s not true that Luke must have messed up on the timing of Jesus’ birth. But He sent him away and said, 39 “Go back to your home, and tell all that God has done for you.” What did Paul know about Jesus? We do not know for sure what motivated John and/or his disciples to ask this question, but in the expanded context (and in the parallel passages of Mark 2:16–20 and Luke 5:29–35), the Pharisees had just asked why Jesus ate and even attended great feasts (Luke … According to tradition, St. Luke was a physician and possibly a Gentile. Mark: Did not know Jesus, and was actually the traveling companion of Paul and Barnabas (who later caused them to split up) *read Acts( which was also written by Luke). We discover this at the wedding of Cana (John 2:1-11). Luke had been a physician, but he left that profession to travel with Paul. Question: "How did the things Jesus said and did when He was alone get recorded in the Gospels?" Luke is probably the best historian of the New Testament. We know more about Jesus than we know about many ancient ... Jesus did not grow up in one of the great cities of the ancient world like Rome or ... Mark and Luke (the Synoptic Gospels). Luke portrays Jerusalem’s Jewish leadership as instrumental in Jesus’ execution. 1. How did Luke come to know Jesus so closely? – Mawia Sep 10 '13 at 17:50. Paul, of course, had a very personal encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, and later had a great deal of training with Cephas, Barnabas, and others. One possible explanation could be that though John initially seemed to realize Jesus was the Messiah (John 1:29-31), it is possible that he had his doubts since Jesus was not initially freeing the Jewish people from Roman oppression. Luke: Did not know Jesus directly, but gathered His information from eye witnesses and the Apostles. So I was hoping you could point me in the right direction. Luke investigated the events of Jesus’ life by speaking with eyewitnesses (Lk 1:2), giving Theophilus (and us) a thorough record of the things Jesus did and said. We can’t be sure, but it is unlikely that Luke saw Jesus personally. He was not one of the original 12 Apostles but may have been one of the 70 disciples appointed by Jesus (Luke 10). Click To Tweet No Automatic Fail. Luke alternates between the scenes of John the Baptist’s and Jesus’ births, but Matthew omits even one reference to John in Jesus’ birth story. To “not know” Jesus then, likely had much more to do with not knowing him “officially, as the Messiah” (Vincent, 1997), than anything else. In that case, he either knew it was wrong (which would be foolish) or came across a tradition that it was on the wrong date…a tradition for which we have absolutely no other evidence. However, every Christian claims to know Jesus personally, to some degree (in fact, knowing God and Jesus is a vital part of a Christian’s life: John 17:3). Luke’s Gospel says that Jesus anticipated and interpreted his violent death. :) Here is one example from his Gospel Luke 8 38 The man from whom the demons had departed kept begging Him to be with Him. I'm reading a book called The Man-God by Patrick J. Carroll, written in 1927. Why then did John send out his disciples to find out if Jesus was who he thought he was? Though uncovering the why of omitting and admitting information into a Gospel is tenuous, this alternation between Jesus and John explains, perhaps, why Luke omits the flight to Egypt and the visit of the magi. There’s no information in the Bible to suggest that he did. Therefore, John’s Gospel and Matthew’s Gospel agree. I know due to time constraints I can’t keep coming back to you with all my questions. Luke thus did us a huge service by not stopping with the end of his Gospel and by continuing to record the history of the early Church beyond Jesus’ death and resurrection. John seemed to believe that Jesus was the Messiah already, but, as J.W. Judging by what the author of Luke wrote as introduction, he did not personally know Jesus. * For example, when Jesus was in the desert for forty days (Matthew 4) or praying in the Garden at Gethsemane (Mark 14), He was by Himself. I say this for two reasons. Why did Luke need to ‘prove’ that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, when others did not? Luke 1:1-4 Did Luke know that Jesus was God? --She didn’t know He would be crucified in front of her, and certainly didn’t know He would rise from the dead three days later. Luke does not name Pharisees as participants in the events leading to Jesus’ death. According to Luke, Jesus was crucified as a potential threat to Rome. Absolutely! Mark: Did not know Jesus, and was actually the traveling companion of Paul and Barnabas (who later caused them to split up) *read Acts( which was also written by Luke). For this week’s readers’ mailbag I have chosen a question about my claim that the author of Luke-Acts, unlike other writers of the New Testament, does not have a doctrine of the atonement – that Jesus’ death brought about a restored relationship with God (for Luke, it was the *resurrection* that mattered, not the crucifixion). “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” he said (1 Corinthians 9:16). So John is not saying that he did not know Jesus, or of His life, but that he had not yet received positive divine confirmation as to the identity of the Messiah. “Q” is likely to be an early collection of Jesus’ sayings translated into Greek. But his mother knew that He could perform miracles. They knew that Jesus’ father was a carpenter. Was John confused? read more He became a follower after the Lord’s death, when Paul taught him the gospel. According to the first chapter of the book, St Luke and St Mark did not know Jesus in this life. The census became associated with Quirinius even though he probably didn't start it. What We Know About When Jesus Was Actually Born. Did Luke mess up on the timing of the Christmas story? Luke was very careful and detailed in His account. Gregory C. Jenks The formative period of earliest Christianity falls between the execution of Jesus in 30 CE and the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman armies in 70 CE.The New Testament would suggest that Furthermore, it was also shown that Matthew and Luke shared a common source (which Mark did not use or know) -- namely, Q (referring to “Quelle,” meaning “source” in German). Did you know…? >The question, however, is really not what Mary did or didn’t know, but how do we respond to Jesus now that we DO know all these things. His language to … ... Luke’s account mentions Jesus was around 30 years old when he started preaching, which would take his birth year back to 1 BCE. 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