Eben Scheffler wrote much on poverty and social injustice, and this article focusses on his
understanding of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts in order to comprehend the different
dimensions of suffering and the healing ministry of the Lukan Jesus. Scheffler stressed that Jesus’
life, from birth to cross, was immersed in suffering thus becoming part of the human condition
of sorrow and misery, but Scheffler ultimately stressed the compassion of Jesus’ ministry which
continued in the early church and which must be reflected by his followers to all people.
This research is part of the
research projects of Prof.
Dr Jurie le Roux, Emeritus
professor of the Department
of Old Testament Studies and
Hebrew Scriptures, Faculty of
Theology and Religion,
University of Pretoria.