Luke's Gospel

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RS ­ Luke's Gospel - Answers
1. Almost all we know about Luke comes from the New Testament:
He was a doctor
He was a gentile (non-Jew)
He accompanied St. Paul on some of his missionary journeys
He was the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles
2. Luke had a number of sources. He took information about the life of Jesus from Mark's Gospel and St. Paul. However,
he also shared a source with Matthew, known as "Q", and had his own exclusive source ­ "L."
3. Luke wrote his Gospel to give an orderly account of the Good News from the beginning. He wrote particularly for the
Gentiles, therefore there is a particular emphasis put of human love of Christ and his compassion for sinners and for
suffering and unhappy persons, for outcasts such as the Samaritans, tax collectors, lepers, shepherds and the poor.
The role of women in Christ's ministry is more emphasised in Luke than in the other Gospels. Therefore Luke's Gospel
was accessible for everyone, not only Jews. Luke wrote his Gospel for anyone who wants to learn about God.
4. The key characteristics of Luke's Gospel are:
Focus on healing miracles as he was a doctor
The Birth of Jesus
1. Emperor Augustus
2. Quirinius
3. Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth in Galilee.
4. Emperor Augustus had ordered a census to be taken throughout the entire Roman Empire. Everyone then, had to
return to the place of their birth, which in the case of Joseph was Bethlehem in Judea.
5. He was born in Bethlehem, the birthplace of King David, therefore making him a descendant of King David, which
fulfils the prophecies.
6. He was born in a stable and was wrapped in strips of cloth and laid in a manger. Additionally, the passage about Jesus'
birth is simple and not elaborate, making it available for everyone as Luke does not make Jesus exclusive for the
Jewish people.
The Shepherds and the Angels
1. The shepherds were terribly afraid.
2. The angels said that this day, the saviour had been born in Bethlehem ­ Christ the Lord. They told them that they
would find him wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.
3. The angels told the shepherds that they brought good news, which would bring great joy to everyone. All the angels
began to sing "Glory to God in the Highest."
4. Luke wrote about the shepherds to show that Jesus was there for everyone, no matter how rich or poor or whether
they were Gentile of Jewish.
5. They sang praises to God for all they had heard and seen.
Jesus is named
1. Jesus literally means "saviour."
2. He was circumcised, which is a Jewish tradition.

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Jesus is presented in the Temple
1. Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem for the ceremony of purification, which completes the
purification of the mother after childbirth. Additionally, the Law of Moses also commands that the firstborn male is to
be dedicated to the Lord. The Law also states that they must make a sacrifice to the Lord ­ they took a pair of doves
or two pigeons. This sacrifice emphasises their poverty.…read more

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Jesus told these parables to explain why he was associating with the outcasts as he was being judged by the people
he associated with.
2. Jesus meant that whenever a sinner repents there is more rejoicing in heaven than for respectable people who do not
need to repent
3. The tax collectors were Jewish people working for the Romans who often took more money from people than they
needed to collect.
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I have just bought a field and must go and look at it ­
Most likely, the man had seen it before buying it, but he was more concerned about his investment than in an
invitation to supper. He represents those whose possessions require all their attention.…read more

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The symbols used to describe the Holy Spirit are:
Violent Wind
Tongues of fire
3. They began to speak in tongues. They went out and addressed a crowd of Jews from every nation and they spread
the Good News in their own languages.
4. Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of
the Holy Spirit.
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