The Gospel of Luke is a fascinating account that situates the Jesus story firmly within the history of Roman-occupied Judea and Galilee. The evangelist presents the land of the Hebrews as a place where readers should be taking note because a new kingdom is unfolding there that will similarly change our understanding of the world.
The model of the writing as well as the political aspirations are Roman, as to be expected. There’s a promise of inclusion, peace, and cosmopolitanaity. But what do those terms look like in the Gospel of Luke?
For your study and discussion, I’d like you to pay particular attention to the economics of the Gospel of Luke. Where do you see money, goods, and exchange mentioned? How does wealth appear? And what does all that tell you about the good news and for whom it is good for?