In as much as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. Luke 1:1-4
Today I start looking at the Gospel of Luke. Luke was a physician, most likely a Gentile and a traveling companion of Paul. He was one of the few to stick by Paul after Paul had been arrested and imprisoned in Rome. He is highly educated and writes in a Greek that is at times classical Greek. His writings are rich in detail and come closest to what we think of as biography. That he puts things in a different order than the other Gospels should not be a concern to us. The writing style in the first century did not place as much importance in chronology as we do today. They tended to put things in order of importance to the author. Luke however tells his patron, Theophilus that he wanted to write an orderly account.
How do we know Luke wrote this Gospel? We can turn to early Christian writings where his authorship is supported by the Muratorian Canon, AD 170, and the works of Irenaeus, c. 180. Also, the Gospel of Luke is a companion piece to the Book of Acts where Luke often refers to Paul and him as we. We know from Paul’s writings that Luke was a traveling companion of his.
Each Gospel writer had a certain audience in mind. For Luke it was the Gentiles. He wished to show them that Jesus came for Gentile and Jew. This series will take a while as Luke is filled with information. I originally hesitated to start Luke but since I have had so many responses on my blog questing the authenticity of the Gospels I felt it was time to look at another one. I have always loves Luke, second favorite to John. And who can forget Linus reciting the Christmas story from chapter two from the King James translation in the scene from It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas.
So hopefully you can hang with me as we take a look at the life of Jesus as told to and by Luke.
Have a blessed day,