Historical Interpretation Essay

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Historical Interpretation Essay: Luke 13:23-24 This essay will provide historical interpretations from various theologies on bible verse Luke 13:23-24. As many different theologies can provide different interpretations, chosen for this essay will be the theological works from the Sacra Pagina Series, Anchor Bible Passages, and Commentary on Matthew, Mark, Luke Volume 1 by John Calvin. The verse reads as: “Someone asked him, Lord, are only a few people going to be saved? He said to them, strive to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” (International Bible Society, 725) The Sacra Pagina series presents a challenge to the commitment of the readers to Luke as the author of his…show more content…
It is sought for by them, however they do not agonize for it, and therefore, they are shut out. The meaning of the passage that is more probable is that which refers this "seeking" to a time that is determined to be "too late;" to the time when the master has arose. They neglect religion in this life, and are involved in other things. At death, or the time of judgment, they will desire entrance; but it will be too late - the door will be shut; and because religion is not made the primary business of their life, therefore they cannot "then" enter in. In the Anchor Bible theology, verse 23 is considered problematic. “But it is too best explained as a question ascribed to an unnamed listener fashioned by Luke himself to introduce the traditional material that follows.” (Fitzmeyer, 1021) The question of “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” (International Bible Society, 725) is a question either of curiosity or impertinence, which the answer can bring profit to no man. The question which should be asked is, can I be saved, and if so how? Do your utmost to gain entrance through the strait and exert every power of body and soul. Let your salvation be the
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