<031> "And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple." Luke's Record: The Question: What does this return to the "people" by Luke mean? It makes a certain sense in terms of story-telling, but it has to be more significant than simply filling out a story -- there are an untold number of other details that could have been mentioned. Interestingly, it forms a bracket around the entire account of the prophecy of the coming of John. It also suggests that the earlier reference to "praying" was a discontinued behavior because of the length of time he was inside -- because they had stopped "praying" and begun "waiting" and "marvelling". The Details: