My notes on Luke’s Gospel

Luke is the only Gentile author in the Bible.

Luke was a physician by trade from Antioch in Syria and he often accompanied Paul on his apostolic journeys (Col 4:14; Philem 24) and was loyal to him until the end (2 Tim 4:11).

The gentle physician interviewed Mary and other eye-witnesses because he “he did not see the Lord in His flesh” himself and was therefore compiling an account, and some of the most unique stories could have come only from Mary.

Luke’s account is often referred to as “Paul’s gospel”. St. Irenaeus, not far removed from the Apostolic Age writes, “Luke also, the companion of Paul, recorded in a book the gospel preached by [Paul]”

Luke reveals Jesus Christ as the perfect Man to a Hellenistic audience steeped in Greek philosophy and struggling for human perfection and meaning in the aftermath of their failed “glory days”. Luke impresses this point upon his readers by explaining Jesus’ human lineage all the way back to Adam, the first Man— “the son of God” (Lk 3:38).

Luke ennobles women and shows their dignity and essential place in the work of God.

Poetry and music was important for Greeks as well as the Hebrews; Luke alone includes such artistry in his gospel, thus his is frequently referred to as The Gospel of Hymns.

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