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THE FIRST BOOK OF THE LAW CALLED

LUKE

 

Overview:

This record of the life of Jesus is widely perceived as having been written to a largely Greek audience, or at least to gentiles in general. Accordingly, this work focuses on who Jesus knew as it presents him in close interaction with men, women, and even a few children. This work may be studied in eight narratives:

(1) Prologue Narrative (1:1-4),
(2) Infancy Narrative (1:5-2:52),
(3) Ministry Preparation Narrative (3:1-4:15),
(4) Galilee Ministry Narrative (4:6-9:50),
(5) Journey to Jerusalem Narrative (9:51-19:27),
(6) Ministry in Jerusalem Narrative (19:28-21:38),
(7) Suffering and Death of Jesus Narrative (2:21-23:56), and
(8) The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Narrative (24:1-53).

Authorship:

Traditionally attributed to the Greek physician (or Hellenistic Jew) Luke, who appears to have used a number of existing oral and/or written accounts to compose and compile his work, this book is actually part one of a two part compendium of the life of Jesus, the second part of which is the Book of Acts. Some conservative scholars suggest that Luke and Acts were composed under sponsorship of a sympathetic Roman authority named Theophius (cf. Luke 1:1-4 and Acts 1:1) as part of the Apostle Paul's written testimony that would have been assembled in preparation for his trial in Rome before Caesar. A record of events surrounding Paul's trip to Rome is recorded in the second half of Acts.

Iconographic Representation:

Early Christian tradition identified the four Gospels with icons based on the four faces of angelic creatures described in the books of Ezekiel and Revelation (cf. Ezekiel 1:10; 10:14; Rev. 4:7ff; 21:13ff), and also reflecting the encampment of ancient Israel in the wilderness. Luke's Gospel has been symbolized as a man, representing the camp of Reuben standing south of the Tabernacle and serving as an expression of the character of the Messiah's brotherly sympathy with humanity by presenting Jesus as the fully human, loving friend, companion, associate, and leader.

Composition Date:

The earliest possible date for the completion of Luke's Gospel must be the conclusion of events recorded in Acts 28, which records the Apostle Paul's arrest and two years of his captivity in Rome in the very early 60's AD. The second half of Luke's narrative history book contains no concluding statement recording Paul's execution in Rome, which history records as having happened ca. 64 AD. Many conservative scholars surmise that Luke and Acts were completed shortly after the two year period noted in Acts 28:30 while Paul was still living. Otherwise, a notation would have been added regarding Paul's death in Rome to the end of the book of Acts.

Messianic Theme:

The Gospel for Gentiles—Who Knew the Messiah?

 

Introduction to the book of Luke taken from the Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.0., Build 2014.01.13.
Copyright © 1996-2014 by the ISV Foundation. Used by permission of Davidson Press, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY.

 



 

LUKE | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24
O.T. | GEN | EXO | LEV | NUM | DEU | JOS | JDG | RUT | 1SA | 2SA | 1KI | 2KI | 1CH | 2CH | EZR | NEH | EST | JOB | PSA | PRO | ECC
SOS | ISA | JER | LAM | EZE | DAN | HOS | JOE | AMO | OBA | JON | MIC | NAH | HAB | ZEP | ZEC | MAL | N.T. | MAT | MAR | LUK | JOH
ACT | ROM | 1CO | 2CO | GAL | EPH | PHI | COL | 1TH | 2TH |1TI | 2TI | TIT | PHL | HEB | JAM | 1PE | 2PE | 1JO | 2JO | 3JO | JUD | REV
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