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And he was given the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. And he unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: Bible

“unrolled the scroll.” The Greek reads, “opened,” but in the context the way to open the scroll was to unroll it. That fact that Jesus could unroll the scroll of Isaiah and find the verse that he was looking for is a testament to how well Jesus knew the Word of God. At the time of Jesus, in all three biblical languages, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, the Bible was written in all capital letters as one long letter-string with no breaks between the words and no punctuation. The scroll was written in columns, and often the letters that ended the bottom of a column were part of a word that continued at the top and start of the next column. Also, the scroll of Isaiah in the Dead Sea Scrolls is about 24 feet, so Jesus had to know about where in the scroll the lines he was searching for were written.


Commentary for: Luke 4:17