Skip to comments.Was the Gospel of St Luke 'written' by MARY?
Posted on 04/14/2014 4:20:41 PM PDT by GreyFriar
Dr. Adam Bradford believes third Gospel was originally a legal document. He says it was written by Luke, a Greek physician, as a letter of support for St Paul who was imprisoned for the political crime of supporting Jesus. Details about Jesus' childhood could only have come from Mary, he claims. He argues feminine words in the scripture give away the true author.
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Gospel of Luke ping
A “carpenter” in Christ’s time would include a variety of skills, not just a cabinet and furniture maker as we might think. Christ repeatedly used construction idioms in His parables: towers, barns...the cornerstone. However, I am always suspect of the radical theories that seem to always show up and threaten traditional theology right around Easter every year.
carpenters probably made their own plans
When Jesus was crucified, he appointed the disciple John to act as her son—which is to say, to take care of her.
Mary was with the disciples several times after the Crucifixion, and according to early tradition frequently met with them. No doubt she told all of them stories about the boyhood of Jesus.
So, yes, Mary certainly contributed toward the stories told in the gospels—basically all of them—whether directly or indirectly.
Here we go again.
Maybe Luke simply asked her....Doh...
They traveled together after all...
It's not like they were strangers...
The stories in the first chapters of Luke undoubtedly had to come from Mary. Luke could have interviewed Mary or possibly John (who was made Mary’s son at the cross) or other family member.
On this note, I have a theory that a common source for the synoptic gospels is one or more of the scribes who were often present when Jesus spoke.
“However, I think that Luke interviewed Mary about Jesus....”
That has been the assumption by theologians and church leaders for many centuries.
Yeah, no way the Holy Spirit could have known those stories, had to be a Marian interview.
As far as Mary being the author, very improbable. If I recall, parts of Acts which was written by Luke indicate the Luke was present with Paul on missions and that Luke was a gentile.
Given the location the term 'carpenter' could refer to a [stone] mason rather than the works-with-wood type.
As for being an architect, I would rather bet that there wasn't nearly as clear a separation between the guy-who-designs and the guy-who-builds that there is today except for the truly huge projects of the time (e.g. the Temple).
IIRC the word is tekton, which doesn't mean "carpenter" in the medieval-to-modern sense of "furniture maker," more generic in terms of construction. There was a lot of Roman infrastructure being built in the area around Nazareth at the time of Jesus' childhood, so there would have been steady work for people with tekt-nical skills.
It is possible because Paul claims he received the gospel from no man. However, Luke attributes his gospel to " those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word". Luke 1:2
yup. and i believe it.
Let me guess - she wrote it in Latin, with an infallible quill that never runs out of ink nor ever makes a mistake.
2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you,
Regarding Jesus as carpenter:
I don’t recall Jesus ever calling himself a carpenter. He is described by others as a carpenter.
Jesus calls himself a shepherd.
This is not news - that Luke got a great deal of his information from Mary has been a tradition of the Church for many years.
- St. Luke painting the portrait of the Blessed Virgin, by one of my favorite Netherlandish painters, Maarten de Vos. It's probably a self-portrait, and it's a window into the trade of a painter in the 16th century - the easel, the painter's stick, the assistant grinding colors in the background . . . This scene was painted over and over again by the Low Country artists - very domestic! And of course while a painter is doing your portrait, you have nothing to do but TALK . . . . :-)
This is supposed to be the original portrait:
Luke himself said he got information from others (Luke 1:1-4). The theory that he got information about the Nativity from the Lord’s mother is nothing new. Who would have known better than she?
Well that's weird.
Did “she” also write ACTS?
I love old paintings of artists doing art. Most of the equipment has not changed from then till now.
Luke tells us that he interviewed the surviving witnesses of the events he described, including (presumably) Mary. Since there is no further mention of Joseph after Jesus’ adolescence, I presume that he was not alive when Luke wrote, so the fact that Mary would be the source for Jesus’ birth and childhood narratives is plausible, but it doesn’t mean she wrote it (she was likely illiterate after all). Why do people feel the need to make up crap that the written Scriptures don’t support?
Fun stuff. If you search for images of “St. Luke and the Virgin” you’ll see a variety of techniques!
Just in time for Easter, ping!
Carpenter doesn’t generally mean furniture maker, it refers more generally to workers in wood producing buildings, ships, etc.
The Bible does not call Joseph a carpenter. Rather it uses the Greek word for “builder”.
Aren’t there Aramaic translations? What word do they use?
Good question. I’d be curious about that myself.
Thanks for the ping!
Luke apparently interviewed Mary, or someone to whom she told her story, but I do not believe Mary wrote Luke’s Gospel or Acts of the Apostles.
Not written by Mary, but if one does an in-depth study of St. Luke, they will find that he was also an artist.
I’ve always figured that while she was posing for St. Luke, he asked questions and she answered them. That’s how he got Chapter 1: 26-—and onward.
Are you degrading the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity?
After all, The Holy Spirit is God, just as the Father and Son are God.
And since she didn't have any sex and kids, she became highly educated by attending University and then writing part of the bible...
And to know she was highly educated all we have to do is read the book of Mary (Luke)...She must have written Acts as well...Maybe Luke was just her pen name...
Being a tradition does not mean there are any facts involved...The scripture does tell tho that Luke interviewed those with first hand information which would include Mary...
On another level, he was writing to Abraham, God's friend ("theophilus").
1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
To publish articles and get tenure.
Holy ghost writer?
That's what you got from that post? LOL. Yeah, that's it, degrading the Holy Spirit!
After all, The Holy Spirit is God, just as the Father and Son are God.
Some others that I like:
Heemskerck at his best - what a lovely Virgin!
Mabuse - the Northern light is unmistakeable.
Vasari, going all Classical and Mannerist on us ... not only does he have a couple of nosy kibitzers, the Blessed Virgin seems to be offering some advice as well.
That is the clear indication by most as well. The author of Luke is also the author of Acts. Luke has been shown to have followed Greek methodology in presenting history in both books so it is not unreasonable that he interviewed Mary.
Thanks for all the renditions.
I tried to find a modern, but they are all copying/pastiching the Northern Renaissance painters.
So the primary sense IS that of "carpenter" or "joiner". But that wasn't limited as it is today to the crew chief working under the general contractor - you'd probably find a carpenter building the whole house, foundation, plaster, wood, thatch and all.
Note: this topic is from 4/14/2014. Thanks GreyFriar.
A lot of carpenters own their own planes. :)