|English Standard Version (© 2001)|
just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us,
King James Bible
Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
American Standard Version
even as they delivered them unto us, who from the beginning wer eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,
Young's Literal Translation
as they did deliver to us, who from the beginning became eye-witnesses, and officers of the Word, --
Luke 1:2 Additional TranslationsVincent's Word Studies
Referring to the composition of the narrative.
Not necessarily excluding written traditions, but referring mainly to oral tradition. Note the distinction between the many who attempted to draw up a narrative and the eye-witnesses and ministers who handed down the facts.
From the beginning (ἀπ' ἀρχῆς)
The official beginning, the commencement of Jesus' ministry. Compare Acts 1:1, Acts 1:21, Acts 1:22; John 15:27.
Eye-witnesses and ministers
Personal knowledge and practical experience were necessary elements of an apostle. Eye-witnesses (εὐτόπται). Only here in New Testament. Peter uses another word, ἐπόπται (2 Peter 1:16). Frequent in medical writers, of a personal examination of disease or of the parts of the body. Compare the modern medical term autopsy. Ministers (ὑπηρέται). See on Matthew 5:25. In medical language denoting the attendants or assistants of the principal physician.
Luke 1:2 Parallel CommentariesAttendants Authority Beginning Deliver Delivered Devoted Divine Eyewitnesses Eye-Witnesses First Handed Message Ministers Officers Preachers Servants Service WordAttendants Authority Beginning Deliver Delivered Devoted Divine Eyewitnesses Eye-Witnesses First Handed Message Ministers Officers Preachers Servants Service WordThe ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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Mark 4:14 The sower sows the word.
Mark 16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.]]
John 15:27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
John 16:4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. "I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
Acts 1:21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
Acts 8:4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
Acts 14:25 And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia,