The bull of St Luke


Chapter 20: Overview

Look first at the beginning of the chapter: how is it marked as the opening of a new stage in the Gospel? Recall that we have seen how 19,47-48 and 21,37-38 form a bracket around this presentation of Jesus teaching in the Temple in chapters 20 and 21.

To whom is Jesus speaking at different points in the chapter? How is the theme set in the first confrontation and then unfold in the others?

Compare this sequence of events with Mark. Note especially the discussion which Luke omits because he has been used it elsewhere.

Note where there is a change of audience at the end of the chapter. What does this tell us about 20,41-44; who are "they" in verse 41?

why would I include 21,1-4 with chapter 20? How does 21,2 pick up on 21,47?

Note the new beginning in 21,5.

Then look at my response and our reading plan.

From this, let us now read our chapter beginning with Jesus being challenged about his authority.