Wednesday, November 24, 2010
What's New, Luke?
2. How does the Old Testament appear in Luke?
The first is a question of change, the other is a question of continuity.
Different figures in Christian history have considered the matter in very different ways: Eusebius said that the Gospel brought about nothing new. Marcion, on the other hand, said it is so new that a God unlike the OT God wrote it. The former was an Arian, the latter a Gnostic, and both were wrong. Better is Augustine's formulation: "The New Testament lies hidden in the Old Testament and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New Testament."
On the one hand, I was checking out a list of OT references in Luke, and this list included at least 60 of them. On the other hand, check out this list that I have prepared:
What is New in the Gospel as seen in Luke
What cannot be found elsewhere – in OT explicitly, in prior pagan thought:
Feel free to dispute these and suggest alternatives. It is somewhat off the top of my head. Does it correspond to your presumptions?
Bonus question for you:
Why is there a calf next to Luke in the first picture?