Jesus: Analysis Of The Thematic Modifications

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emphasized in the context (5:33; 6:12), especially before Jesus’ important decision (6:12). Analysis of the Thematic Modifications
Luke omits most of Mark’s material. He only keeps enough information to let his audience know where he borrows the story. In his introduction, Luke omits “Once again [he went out] along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them” (Mk 2:13). In this omission, the theme of companionship between Jesus with his disciples and with the crowd was removed. Luke also removes the theological geography because “sea” is represented for chaos in Mark. Luke doesn’t want to have chaos in his Gospel, so he often replaces “sea” with “lake” (Lk 5:1). Next, Luke omits “as he passed by” (Mk 2:14). With this omission,
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First, by removing “the sea” in 5:27, Luke highlights the absence of the theological geography. This theme is also presented in its greater context and the Gospel when Luke replaces “sea” with “Lake” in 5:1; 8:22, 33. Second is the hostility between Jesus and the Pharisee. This theme fits into the greater context (5:21, 30, 33, 6:2) and this conflict is continued throughout the Gospel. In fact, in Luke, Jesus is executed by the religious authority, not by Pilate (22:71, 23:23). Third, the theme discipleship of this pericope fits into its greater context with the Call of Simon, James and John (5:11) and the select of the twelve (6:13). This theme also fits the Gospel’s overall development, especially the disciples are the instruments of God’s salvation when Jesus gives them all power and authority, sending them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and rebuke all demons and cure all diseases (9:1-2). Moreover, Luke also highlights the theme universality of salvation in this pericope when “a large crowd of tax collectors and others” are with Jesus (5:29). Luke also communicates the divinity and authority in words and deeds of Jesus when he calls Levi and draws all kinds of people to him. This theme is repeated in its context (5:10, 13, 17, 24, 31; 6:5, 10) and the Gospel through his teachings (4:15; 6:20-22) and healings (4:40; 7:10; 8:33). Finally, the theme of repentance of this pericope is a dominant theological theme in the Gospel’s overall development: John the Baptist’s mission is to call people to repent (3:3, 8); Jesus’ main mission is to call sinners repent and to come back to God (5:32; 11:32; 13:3,5: 15:7,10; 16:30; 17:3, 4; 24:47). Finally, I believe that this perecope is described the situation of the Church at that time. Luke was a Gentile Christian of the third generation. Thus, he wants to designate that God has already decided to include the Gentile Christians into Jesus’

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