“Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.”
King James Version (KJV)
15:1 All the publicans - That is, all who were in that place. It seems our Lord was in some town of Galilee of the Gentiles, from whence he afterward went to Jerusalem, #Lu 17:11|.
Lu 15:1 Joy of Repenting Sinners SUMMARY OF LUKE 15: The Publicans and Sinners. The Pharisees and Scribes. The Lost Sheep. The Lost Coin. The Lost Son. In the Far Country. Feeding on Husks. Coming to Himself. The Father's Welcome. The Elder Brother. Then drew near unto him. At the period of his ministry these classes were flocking in great numbers to hear him. Publicans. Gatherers of the Roman tribute, generally corrupt, universally despised, usually Jews by birth. Sinners. Persons excommunicated from the synagogues and usually held as outcasts.