The Gospel has historically been attributed to the physician Luke.
He was a physician known to Paul (2 Tm 411) and the early church.
Also wrote Acts. The book of Acts contains sections were Luke is part of the narrative (1610-17 205-2118 271-2816).
Evidence from the Early Church fathers attributes the gospel to Luke.
3 Language Date
Written in Greek
Acts was written prior to 62-63 A.D.
The Gospel as written prior to Acts.
Completed somewhere in the late 50s or early 60s.
Intended for Christians who had a pagan background.
Faith in Jesus rests upon historical facts (see 1 3-4).
He sees Jesus as the Savior of all people (see 337).
He emphasizes the humanitarian character of Jesus ministry (see 1025-37).
5 Theme 1
Gods Universal Work
Gods dealings with humankind see 338 contrast with MT 11.
Jesus is seen as part of concrete human history anchors Jesus ministry in a very specific historical context.
Cites Gods dealings with Gentiles in the OT 425-27 1 Kgs 178-24 2 Kgs 51-14 see also 1025-37.
Jesus as Savior of the World
Announcement Lk 211
He must die and rise again in order to provide salvation for all the world (22 44 1332-33 1831-33
7 Theme 2
Focuses on Jesus Early Life
He may have learned of Jesus life from Mary
The Gospel contains many unique events surrounding the birth of Jesus.
8 Theme 3
The Place of Woman in Jesus Ministry
He treated them with respect and dignity.
Women played an active role in Jesus ministry see 81-3
Casts women in a favorable light in the parables Lk 1320-21 158-10 181-8
9 Theme 4
The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit plays a very prominent role in the Gospel
John the Baptist 115
Jesus is the mediator of the Holy Spirit to the world 322
Lukes Gospel focuses on history as the place where Gods salvation was effected and on Jesus as Gods savior.
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