Its geographical identification stranger on the road to emmaus pdf not clear, several locations having been suggested throughout history. Luke varies in different manuscripts and the figure given has been made even more ambiguous by interpretations.
Emmaus is the town through which Jesus and his disciples travelled to leave Jerusalem. 18, while his companion remains unnamed. Cleopas is a disciple who followed Jesus and who reminded Jesus of all of the people who believed in him and the Lord. The gospel places the story on the evening of the day of Jesus’ resurrection.
The two disciples have heard the tomb of Jesus was found empty earlier that day. They are discussing the events of the past few days when a stranger asks them what they are discussing. Their eyes were kept from recognizing him. He soon rebukes them for their unbelief and explains prophecies about the Messiah to them. On reaching Emmaus, they ask the stranger to join them for the evening meal. When he breaks the bread “their eyes were opened” and they recognize him as the resurrected Jesus.
Cleopas and his friend then hasten back to Jerusalem to carry the news to the other disciples, and arrive in time to proclaim to the eleven who were gathered together with others that Jesus truly is alive. While describing the events, Jesus appeared again to all who were there, giving them a commission to evangelize. This passage is believed by some to be a late addition derived from the Gospel of Luke. Another Emmaus mentioned by Josephus is a village placed closer to Jerusalem at what is today the town of Motza.
The oldest identification that is currently known is Emmaus Nicopolis. Nicopolis as biblical Emmaus in his Onomasticon. Jesus broke bread on that late journey. From the 4th century on, the site was commonly identified as the biblical Emmaus. Five structures were found and dated, including a Christian basilica from the 6th century and a 12th-century Crusader church. There are several sources giving information about this town’s ancient history, among them the First Book of Maccabees, the works of Josephus, and chronicles from the Late Roman, Byzantine and Early Muslim periods.