Original Research - Special Collection: Eben Scheffler Festschrift

The different manifestations of suffering and the Lukan Jesus

Jurie le Roux
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 3 | a5662 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i3.5662 | © 2019 Jurie Le Roux | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 July 2019 | Published: 14 November 2019

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Jurie le Roux, Department of Old Testament Studies and Hebrew Scriptures, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria,, South Africa


Eben Scheffler wrote much on poverty and social injustice, and this article focusses on his understanding of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts in order to comprehend the different dimensions of suffering and the healing ministry of the Lukan Jesus. Scheffler stressed that Jesus’ life, from birth to cross, was immersed in suffering thus becoming part of the human condition of sorrow and misery, but Scheffler ultimately stressed the compassion of Jesus’ ministry which continued in the early church and which must be reflected by his followers to all people.


Jesus; Gospel of Luke; Book of Acts; suffering; poverty; illness; compassion; healing; love


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