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Outline and Examine Jesus attitudes towards outcasts in Lukes Gospel.To what extent do these attitudes fit in with Judaism?

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Outline and Examine Jesus' attitudes towards outcasts in Luke's Gospel. (21) In Luke's Gospel, in 4: 4-18, we begin with hearing Jesus reading from the scroll of Isaiah in Nazareth, in which we learn of why Jesus was sent here and what he was planning to do. This is the key moment in the Gospel in which we learn about who the outcasts are in Jesus' opinion. At first, Jesus started off by saying "...to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." which was just another way of saying the Jubilee Year. However, instead of Jesus actually being here to free the slaves and return the property like many Jews thought; he actually came here to good news to the poor, proclaim release for the prisoners, recover the sight of the blind and to let the broken victims go free. These people are who Jesus' considers that needs the most help, and in his ministries and missions, these people are the ones he talks about and helps all the time whether he goes to a city or town, which is shown on many occasions. One of the attitudes we discover about Jesus regarding the outcasts is that he views the outcasts to still be part of the society that Jesus lives in, and he proves this to the other people by associating himself with them, on many occasions no matter what people thought of them or what sins they could of committed, as Jesus was here to help them. ...read more.

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You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet." In which he compares the Levite's to the woman, with him basically saying that she shows more faith to Jesus than they do to him. * Jesus' attitude is that salvation is universal but dependant on those who show repentance, faith and act Also in Luke's Gospel, another attitude of Jesus that is highlighted is that he feels even though salvation is universal, it depends on those who show repentance, faith and those who also act as well. A key example that shows this is the Healing of the Paralytic in (5:17-20), where the people carrying then man showed the most faith out of everyone in the crowd, because they could of easily have waited until the crowds had parted, but their faith in getting the man to Jesus was so much that they went to extraordinary measures to see Jesus, which included going through a roof in order to drop the man to Jesus. Jesus saw the faith in these men, and said to them that their sin has had been forgiven because they showed faith, but also acted as well. According to Tannehill, by these people showing their 'faith', Tannehill suggests that it is not a confession to Jesus/God, but actually meaning in trusting in Jesus and God instead. Another example is also the Parable of the Good Samaritan, because as the Samaritan was the only one to stop and help the injured ...read more.

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In addition, one of the main attitudes at the time was considering if Jesus was being blasphemous. At the time, many Priests considered Jesus to be blasphemous as he went around disobeying many of the rules by healing the outcasts or forgiving their sins, because he is simply using he powers of God, as in their eyes he is being blasphemous, as many of them said "who is this that can forgive sins?" or in fact question what Jesus had done. However, what is interesting to note is that while the priests consider Jesus to be blasphemous, others actually look at him and consider him to be God due to what he has done and the powers he has. Jesus actually tells people that question him that he has the right to do these things, as in Healing of the paralytic 5:24; Jesus says, "The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." Which tells those who question him he has the right. Overall, we see that even though some of the attitudes fit in with Judaism, the majority of them don't as they reject or make fun of what the Jew's believe in, even going as far as criticising them and making fun of them as well. However, Jesus does not do this on purpose, but he just does this in order to get his point across to everyone. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alex Taylor L6 RJP 3/10/11 Page 1 of 5 ...read more.

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