What’s the significance of the fact that the woman lost a drachma (not a denarius) in the Parable of the Lost Coin? Might Jesus have had something in mind from the Scriptures he read? Find out more by watching an informal talk I gave recently for the Bible study at Narkis Church in Jerusalem.
A lot of graduate students and professors who study the Jewishness of Jesus have attended Narkis over the years and as a result, their weekly Bible study is fascinating. I used to only be able to join them when I was visiting Israel, but Covid forced the Bible study to go online. Now I regularly take part in the study and occasionally lead the presentation. (Thank you God for this blessing that came out of the pandemic!)
We are reading through the book of Luke right now. You can watch all our Luke sessions on Youtube at this link. You can listen to the audio version of these talks (and also sermons) on the Narkis website. The audio archive actually stretches back many, many years. There’s a lot to listen to there.
Update 1/27/22 – I did another talk for Bible Study last week on Luke 17:11-19, when Jesus’ heals ten lepers, and the Samaritan comes back to thank and praise God. There was a lot of interesting first century context to share, including details about the Samaritans and about Jewish prayer traditions seem quite relevant here.