Talbert’s Second and Third Parallels
The second parallel given in the list is the correspondence of 10:25-37 to 18:18-30. In both Jesus is confronted with the question, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” The two different responses which Jesus gave to the same question to two different individuals on two different occasions are to be considered together. In both elements, the five words of Greek that constitute this question are identical and therefore there is no question that Luke intends the two passages to be linked together.
The third parallel is the correspondence of 10:38-42 to 18:9-14. In both stories the conduct of the individual Pharisee is subjected to criticism. In second, the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, the tax collector is the unexpected model of exemplary behavior. Thus the second explains the first and provides a model.