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Beefing up on Luke

Who needs libraries? This site offers over two dozen translations of the Bible along with the original Greek and Hebrew texts and a virtual candy store of study-helps. We're talking maps, commentaries, chronologies, visuals, and a whole library of early Christian writings not found in the New Testament. Not too shabby.

Luke in Any Language

This site is a gateway to over a dozen translations of Luke. Plus, it comes equipped with a cool feature that shows you the parallels between the four New Testament gospels.

TV and Movies

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown asks, "Doesn't anyone know what Christmas is all about?" Linus responds by reciting (from memory!) the story of the shepherds in Luke 2:8-14 according to the KJV. He concludes, "That's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown." That's one well-read kid.

The Road to Emmaus, PA

Don't let the rickety RV scare you off. In this documentary, three quirky friends document their road trip from Jerusalem, Ohio to Emmaus, Pennsylvania in search for God. Initially somewhat skeptical, their journey turns into a pilgrimage in the true sense of the term, yet with many "postmodern" twists and turns along the way. The inspiration and namesake of the documentary comes from Luke 24:13-32.

Historical Documents

The Destruction of Jerusalem

Luke definitely knows about the siege and destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans at the end of the Jewish War in 70 (see 13:34-35; 19:41-44; 21:20-24; and 23:27-31). Want more deets? The first-century Jewish historian Josephus also writes about Jerusalem's siege and destruction in his multi-volume history of the entire war.

Josephus on John

Christians weren't the only ones writing about John the Baptist. In his work The Antiquities of the Jews, the 1st-century Jewish historian Josephus, one of Luke's contemporaries, writes about John's execution. How does Josephus's John look compared to Luke's John?

Josephus on Jesus

Josephus briefly mentions Jesus, too, but the Greek text has been, um, adjusted by Christians over the years. Despite the tampering, the so-called "Testimonium Flavianum" is still worth a look.

Video

The Gospel According to the Other Mary

Get this: people are still composing operas. Watch as composer John Adams talks about his oratorio, "The Gospel According to the Other Mary."

Audio

The Rolling Stones' "Prodigal Son"

Listen and follow along with the lyrics of this song based on Luke's story of the Prodigal Son (15:11-32), Rolling-Stones style.

"I Say To You That Listen" (6:27 NRSV)

Pop in your earbuds in and listen to the whole Gospel of Luke read from the American Standard Version. What do you think? Better read than listened to?

Images

Map It

This simplified map of Palestine at the time of Jesus will help you orient yourself geographically as you read Luke's gospel. Believe us, getting lost in biblical lands can be pretty dangerous.

Jerusalem, City of Destiny

Jerusalem is the center of Luke's gospel. This is how it looks now in the present. We wonder if it was a similar but ancient view that moved Jesus to tears in Luke 19:41?

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