What’s in a name? When Richard and I began this week’s episode, we were struck by the wealth of information packed into two verses. Through the simple arrangement of people and places, Luke leaves a trail of names, like breadcrumbs, along a path that moves all through the Bible, well beyond his gospel. In this sense, the beginning of chapter 3 is like an easter egg, a road sign that pops up along the way and screams, “hey you,” keep hearing the story because there is a bigger story in motion.
There are plenty of functional names to unpack at the beginning of Luke 3. But one stands out among the pack: Lysanias. It appears only once, which indicates its significance. In translation, it means the release of sorrow. However, what’s far more curious, especially in the passage’s context (and something we did not know at the time of recording), is that Lysanias was also a general of Alexander the Great, mentioned at least twice in Arrian’s Anabasis of Alexander.
Sometimes it’s worth paying attention to the details.
Richard and I discuss Luke 3:1-2. (Episode 470)
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