Narrative Structure of Luke 1:5-38

As I’m taking Luke in fairly big chunks, my first big chunk is 1:5-38 – the narrative of the promised births of John the Baptist (JtB) and Jesus. Having started working on this passage in the last week or so, I’ve noticed a useful device that Luke uses to structure the narrative. (Time, and more work, will tell if he uses this method throughout the rest of his gospel?).

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Luke Divisions

Part of working ahead of time in semon prep, means that you need to know what your are preaching and when, well in advance. This means planning sermons programmes carefully. In order to plan a year’s worth of sermons in Luke, I put together an Excel spreadsheet to help me work out where are some suitable places to divide the book into preach-able chunks. Here’s my spreadsheet:

Luke Divisions