Repentance Of Sinners In The Parable Of The Lost Sheep

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How is Luke’s claim on repentance of sinners in the ‘Parable of the Lost Sheep’ being illustrated by the differences in detail found, in comparison to the Gospels of Matthew and Thomas?
The Parable of the Lost Sheep is one of the many parables Jesus gave during his lifetime. It is found in the two canonical gospels: Matthew 18:10-14 and Luke 15:3-10. It is also found in the non-canonical gospel of Thomas 107. It is about a shepherd who leaves his flock of ninety-nine sheep behind to go look for the one sheep that is lost. This context is similar in all of the three Gospels.
However, although there are similarities, there are also differences. These differences have an implication for the message grasped by the readers. The focus will be on the ‘repentance of sinners claimed in the Gospel of Luke and how it differs from the messages found in the other two Gospels. I will do this by analyzing the effect of the differences in language, symbolic representation, location of the parable, audience, and the context in which it is written, found in these three Gospels.’
In terms of symbolic presentation, Luke uses the word ‘sinners’ to compare them to the sheep as seen in verse 7, “…one sinner who repents…” Jesus is giving a reason why he is friends of tax collectors and sinners. This is because they are like the sheep, lost and need saving through repentance. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus uses the words “little ones”. Jesus uses these words after giving a lesson about caring

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