The bull of St Luke


Chapter 8: overview

In Luke's Gospel, chapter 8 relates the parables found in Mark chapter 4. Luke then continues to follow Mark into Mark chapter 5.

The various incidents of chapter 8 are easily identified. Then list them in a column on a sheet of paper. Opposite each incident, note where the equivalent incident is found in the Gospel of Mark. The results ought to highlight some interesting editing and rearranging of Mark by Luke. Contrast as well Luke's setting for the parables (8,1-3) with that of Mark (Mk 4,1-2). Maybe you will be able to draw a conclusion.
Note as well what Luke has omitted from Mark. Any ideas about why he might have done this?

Where does Jesus go after telling the parables? And what happens after he returns?

Then go to my response.

Reading Plan

From our explorations of Luke's editing, we can read this chapter in three pages:

Sunday Gospel

Chapter 8 of Luke's Gospel is not used at all for the Sunday readings. The exception is the first three verses which as we have seen have been added onto the last scene of chapter 7 rather artifically.

However, by following its policy of avoiding repeating Gospel incidents read in another Gospel in another cycle, the lectionary is passing over some notable editorial activity by Luke. We have seen the different message that results. .

We are now ready to read about the women and the parable of the sower (8,1-21) more closely.