Luke 21

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Luke 21
CodexGigas 528 Luke.jpg
The Latin text of Luke 19:7–22:38 in Codex Gigas (13th century).
BookGospel of Luke
CategoryGospel
Christian Bible partNew Testament
Order in the Christian part3

Luke 21 is the twenty-first chapter of the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It records the observations and predictions of Jesus Christ delivered in the temple in Jerusalem.[1] The book containing this chapter is anonymous, but early Christian tradition uniformly affirmed that Luke composed this Gospel as well as the Acts of the Apostles.[2]

Text[edit]

The original text was written in Koine Greek. This chapter is divided into 38 verses.

Textual witnesses[edit]

Some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter are:

The beauty of the Temple[edit]

Some spoke of the temple ... (verse 5: Greek: τινων λεγοντων περι του ιερου, tinōn legontōn peri tou hierou).

The New International Version translates this as "Some of his disciples ...",[3] but some other versions suggest "some people" i.e. not specifically disciples of Jesus.[4] The "beautiful stones" and the "gifts dedicated to God" both contribute to the splendor of the temple.

The destruction of the Temple[edit]

Matthew and Mark state that Jesus spoke privately to his disciples on Mount Olivet about the end times and the destruction of Jerusalem: see Olivet Discourse. Luke does not present this teaching as delivered privately:

In the daytime, He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet. Then early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.[5]

Parable of the Budding Fig Tree[edit]

This parable was told by Jesus Christ and in the New Testament is found in Matthew Matthew 24:32-35, Mark Mark 13:28-31, and Luke Luke 21:29-33. This parable, about the Kingdom of God, involves a fig tree, as does the equally brief parable of the barren fig tree, with which it should not be confused. Luke presents this parable as eschatological in nature:[6] like the leaves of the fig tree, the signs spoken of in the Olivet discourse of Luke 21:5-28 [7] indicate the coming of the Kingdom of God.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Halley, Henry H. Halley's Bible Handbook: an Abbreviated Bible Commentary. 23rd edition. Zondervan Publishing House. 1962.
  2. ^ Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook. Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. 2012.
  3. ^ Luke 21:5
  4. ^ International Standard Version and New Century Version
  5. ^ Luke 21:37-38
  6. ^ Bernard Brandon Scott, Hear Then the Parable: A commentary on the parables of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1989, ISBN 0-8006-2481-5, pp. 338-340.
  7. ^ Luke 21:5-28

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Preceded by
Luke 20
Chapters of the Bible
Gospel of Luke
Succeeded by
Luke 22