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  • Luke gospel (background)
    • Luke was an historian and a doctor.
      • He was a newly converted Christian.
    • There is a possibility of Luke having special access to Mary.
      • His friend Theophanous might have paid him to write luke.
      • Luke, along with Matthew, also relied on a hypothetical sayings document, known as the 'Q' document, for sayings attributed to Jesus
    • Luke is one of the synoptic gospel in the new testament.
      • It is know that Luke copied Mark.
    • Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled[a] among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
    • Luke wrote about the outcasts and women.
      • This proofs the relevance of Luke as issues he wrote about are a still a major problem in the world today.
      • however, the relevance of Luke can be questioned as Christians are not pushed the way they were, and there are no more concerns about outcasts and there is no such thing as a Samaritan.
    • Luke is the only gospel that wrote about the enunciation and the lost son.
      • Bishop John Shelby Spong says that the author of Luke was a Greek-speaking gentile and did not understand Jewish law. In particular, the presentation and purification stories in chapter 2 are hopelessly confused
    • Gospel means good news.
    • Luke shows concern for the poor. On the other hand, the author has Jesus authorise the disciples (and the future Church) to commit murder: (Luke 19:27) "But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me." That this really is an incitement to crime is confirmed by Acts chapter 5, in which the same author has Peter murder Ananias and his wife Sapphira for selling their possessions but not giving the entire proceeds to the church.


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