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The ox in the Temple and the stall Infancy and beginnings, Luke 1—4.13

Since the ox was the universal beast of burden, it is not surprising that Luke stresses the universal importance of Jesus. We have seen that the opening words of any ancient text were crucial. If Mark is not concerned with the origins of his Jesus bounding on to the stage, while Matthew locates him firmly in Israel’s history, Luke’s opening has a very different feel…

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