Monique L. Burrows
The Emergence of Christianity REL-110RS-OL07
18 April 2019
Luke Vs. Mark
Historically everyone has accepted that Mark was the first of the four Gospels to be written and Luke used Mark as the source for his gospel. But there are many differences, and also many similarities. When you read them both, you really get the sense that Like was writing his gospel with one hand and had a copy of Mark’s gospel in his other hand.
In contrasting Luke 7:36-50 and Mark 14:3-9, Luke edited Mark’s story of how a woman was pouring an expensive oil over Jesus’ head and worshiping him in an elaborate display at the home of Simon the leper. Some asked why she used the ointment on Jesus when it could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor. Jesus says to leave her alone, that she was preparing him for burial, and the story will be told wherever the gospel is told. He forgives her of all sins.
Luke states it with the same plot, but completely different. Jesus dines with a Pharisee, and a woman known to be a sinner comes in and washes his feet with ointment and tears, and also her hair. She continues to kiss his feet over and over. The Pharisee says within himself that if her were a prophet he would have known what manner of woman this is. Jesus says unto him, “Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee”. He goes on to tell him a parable of two debtors, one large, and one small. The lender forgives them both. So who will love him more? They answer the one who had more debt. Jesus says “Thou hast rightly judged.”
Luke is writing to tell a lesson in his gospel, not just account for what happened. Luke is teaching discipleship. Luke is teaching not just w...