Story Pairs in Luke's Gospel
by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.

Parallel Stories involving Women and Men in the Gospel according to Luke:

First Story (ref. & source) Second Story (ref. & source)
Angel Gabriel appears to Zechariah (1:8-23 - L) Angel Gabriel appears to Mary (1:26-38 - L)
Canticle of Mary (Magnificat; 1:46-55 - L) Canticle of Zechariah (Benedictus; 1:68-79 - L)
Simeon encounters the infant Jesus & his parents
in the Jerusalem Temple (2:25-35 - L)
Anna thanks God & prophesies about Jesus
in the Jerusalem Temple (2:36-38 - L)
Widow of Zarephat & Israelite widows (4:25-26 - L) Naaman the Syrian & Israelite lepers (4:27 - L)
Exorcism of a Demoniac at Capernaum (4:31-37 - Mk) Healing of Simon’s mother-in-law at Capernaum (4:38-39 - Mk)
Centurion’s slave is healed (7:1-10 - Q) Widow of Nain’s son raised from the dead (7:11-17 - L)
Naming of the twelve apostles of Jesus (6:12-16 - Mk) Naming of women who accompanied Jesus (8:1-3 - L)
Jairus’ daughter is raised to life (8:41-42, 49-56 - Mk) Bleeding woman is healed (8:43-46 - Mk)
Parable of the Good Samaritan (10:25-37 - L) Examples of Martha and Mary (10:38-42 - L)
A neighbor asks for bread at midnight (11:5-8 - L) A widow asks for justice persistently (18:1-11 - L)
A woman in a crowd shouts out to Jesus,
"Blessed is the womb that bore you..." (11:27 - L)
A man at a dinner tells Jesus, "Blessed is anyone
who will eat bread in the kingdom of  God!" (14:15 - L)
The Queen of the South (11:31 - Q) The Ninevites (11:32 - Q)
A crippled woman is healed (13:10-17 - L) A lame man is healed (14:1-6 - L)
Daughter of Abraham” reference (13:16 - L) Son of Abraham” reference (19:9 - L)
Parable of a man planting a mustard seed (13:18-19 - Mk) Parable of a woman mixing yeast & flour (13:20-21 - Q)
Parable of a shepherd looking for a lost sheep (15:3-7 - Q) Parable of a woman looking for a lost coin (15:8-10 - L)
Example of two men together asleep (17:34 - Q) Example of two women grinding meal (17:35 - Q)
A servant girl questions Peter (22:56-57 - Mk) Two men also question Peter (22:58+59 - Mk/L)
Simon of Cyrene carries Jesus’ cross (23:26 - Mk) Jesus meets women on the way to Calvary (23:27-29 - L)
Joseph of Arimathea buries Jesus’ body (23:50-53 - Mk) Women see where Jesus is buried (23:55-56 - Mk)
Women find Jesus’ tomb empty (24:1-11 - Mk) Two disciples journey to Emmaus (24:13-35 - L)

Literary Sources:  L = only in Luke;  Q = Luke and Matthew, but not Mark;  Mk = from Mark (and usually also in Matthew)


Men & Women appearing together in Lukan Stories:

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