For this assignment, you will write an essay offering your studied interpretation of a scriptural passage.

Passage: Lk. 4:14-30 The Rejection at Nazareth

Follow these steps:

1. Read the passage thoroughly and carefully.
a. Read the passage in 3 different Bible translations (e.g. KJV, NIV, NASB). Most Bible translations are available online.
b. Check Matthew and Mark to see if the same story appears in either of those. Make note of any differences.
c. Find an online Bible dictionary, encyclopedia, or concordance to check for any words you do not understand.

2. Read 2 Bible commentaries on your passage.
a. Make note of the interpretation you read in each commentary. Be aware of any differences between the commentaries’ interpretations.
b. Reflect on what you have read and decide if you agree/disagree with any of the commentaries’ major points.

3. Write an essay on your own studied interpretation of the passage.
a. Indicate which passage you have chosen and summarize it in no more than 3 sentences.
b. Introduce the reader to your argument.
c. Summarize the ways your 2 chosen Bible commentaries have interpreted the passage. One paragraph each.
d. Explain your own interpretation of the passage:
    i. What hermeneutical approaches would be best to use for this passage? Why?
    ii. Did you agree/disagree with the commentaries’ arguments? Why?
    iii. What are your own thoughts on this passage?
e. Write a compelling conclusion.

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I chose to analyze the passage on Jesus' rejection in Nazareth (Luke 2:14-30). In this narrative, Jesus decided to go to his hometown Nazareth and declare in the synagogue to his fellow townsfolk that he was the Messiah. He was met with disbelief and skepticism of the listeners, and he said to them that it was what he had expected since no prophet is accepted in his home town. Jesus cited a few biblical passages to support his argument, and his furious countrymen drove him out of town and even wanted to kill him.

This passage is only found in the Gospel of Luke. Other two synoptic authors, Matthew and Mark, also mention that Jesus preached in towns and synagogues of Galilee at the beginning of his ministry, but they do not contain the rejection story. This fact can lead us to the conclusion that the message contained in the rejection story narrated by Luke is specific to Luke's view of Jesus' role and significance, which differs in a few important points from the theology expounded by other synoptic Gospel writers.

I chose two renowned biblical commentaries as a reference point in understanding the rejection story in Luke 4, an older traditional commentary, and a contemporary one. One of them is a classical comprehensive Protestant commentary by the 18th century Presbyterian minister...
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