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What in the world was Luke thinking?

I refer to the writer of the third Gospel. In yesterday’s Gospel from the 24th chapter of Luke, one sentence leapt out at me:

“As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.”

Huh?

‘He was taken up to heaven?’

‘He parted from them?’

Good grief, Luke, this is big stuff! Doesn’t an event of this magnitude deserve a little punchier prose than you were able to muster? How ’bout something like this: More…