Expositions of Holy Scripture: St. Luke

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014年1月11日 - 442 頁
Expositions of Holy Scripture, St. Luke, Bible Study Essentials, Alexander Maclaren, Includes, VOLUME I: ST. LUKE Chaps. I to XII, VOLUME II: ST. LUKE Chaps. XIII to XXIV, The difference between the style of Luke's preface (vs. 1-4) and the subsequent chapters relating to the Nativity suggests that these are drawn from some Hebrew source. They are saturated with Old Testament phraseology and constructions, and are evidently translated by Luke. It is impossible to say whence they came, but no one is more likely to have been their original narrator than Mary herself. Elisabeth or Zacharias must have communicated the facts in this chapter, for there is no indication that those contained in this passage, at all events, were known to any but these two. If we were considering a fictitious story, we should note the artistic skill which prepared for the appearance of the hero by the introduction first of his satellite; but the order of the narrative is due, not to artistic skill, but to the divinely ordered sequence of events. It was fitting that John's office as Forerunner should begin even before his birth. So the story of his entrance into the world prepares for that of the birth which hallows all births.

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