Thursday, August 22, 2013

Reader's Diary #1051- The New King James Version Bible: The Gospel of Luke

I'm Luke Skywalker. I'm here to rescue you.

Still pushing through the Gospels, I'd hoped that I'd be comparing the ways that similar details were described. But, as is probably predictable, I'm focused more on the new details and stories. There are the classics like the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan parables and to my amusement, an anecdote I'd not heard before about Mary and Joseph accidentally leaving a 12 year old Jesus behind in Jerusalem. Supposing him traveling with others in their return group, when Mary realizes the truth she slaps her palms to her cheeks and is all like, "Jesus!" So they high tail in back to Jerusalem where they find a short guy with his hair singed off and a tall guy with paint can bruises on his face. Or wait. That may have been Home Alone. Oh right, they found Jesus in a temple three days later, holding his own in theological discussions.

There was also more about John the Baptist's childhood, which from a writing perspective, I found pretty interesting. The angel Gabriel appears to tell the barren Elizabeth that she can expect a child? Sounds pretty familiar. It's like John was the beta-version of Jesus. Furthermore, when Gabriel gives Mary her news, he also informs her that her cousin Elizabeth is also pregnant. Whoa! Cousins? Now that was a cool twist.

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