13:54 Then 7 he came to his hometown 8 and began to teach the people 9 in their synagogue. 10 They 11 were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and miraculous powers?
1 tn Grk “And he.”
2 sn Synagogues were places for Jewish prayer and worship, with recognized leadership (cf. Luke 8:41). Though the origin of the synagogue is not entirely clear, it seems to have arisen in the postexilic community during the intertestamental period. A town could establish a synagogue if there were at least ten men. In normative Judaism of the NT period, the OT scripture was read and discussed in the synagogue by the men who were present (see the Mishnah, m. Megillah 3-4; m. Berakhot 2).
3 tn Or “cities.”
5 tn Grk “and every [kind of] sickness.” Here “every” was not repeated in the translation for stylistic reasons.
6 tn Grk “And it happened when.” The introductory phrase καὶ ἐγένετο (kai egeneto, “it happened that”) is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated.
7 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “Then.”
8 sn Jesus’ hometown (where he spent his childhood years) was Nazareth, about 20 miles (30 km) southwest of Capernaum.
9 tn Grk “them”; the referent (the people) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
11 tn Grk “synagogue, so that they.” Here ὥστε (Jwste) has not been translated. Instead a new sentence was started in the translation.