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5. The Grammar, Symbols, and Practices of Hospitality to Strangers in the Lukan Writings

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A full understanding of the role of hospitality in Luke-Acts requires two levels of analysis. The Lukan writings manifest an obvious interest in table-fellowship and hospitality to strangers, but more precise analysis beyond simple motif recognition is necessary. Jesus does manifest prophetic insight for in his immediate riposte to Simon he demonstrates an awareness of the Pharisee's inner thoughts and character (7:40-43). Jesus interprets the woman's actions as a proper and commendable hospitable response to Jesus, the guest. In 7:47 Jesus interprets the deeper meaning of her hospitality and Simon's inhospitality. Jesus directly refers back to the contrasting responses of the two figures and provides an interpretation of the meaning of their actions. The woman's hospitality functions as a tangible expression of her love for Jesus and her faith in him as the divine and prophetic agent who can forgive her sins.

Keywords: hospitality; Jesus; Lukan writings; motif recognition; Pharisee's inner thoughts; Simon's inhospitality



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