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Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 1 Study Notes

Luke 1:21-22

by Darrel Cline


"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:

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