The Gospel of Luke

Luke's gospel, the longest book of the New Testament, contains several unique themes. One of the most important is Jesus' journey to Jerusalem. The gospel begins and ends in Jerusalem, and in chapter 9 Jesus 'sets his face' like a flint to go there. His journey is not direct, but always it leads on to that place - the place where he will suffer and die as a sacrifice for sins. The sequel to Luke's gospel, the book of Acts, then explains how the gospel spreads like wildfire from Jeruslaem throughout the Roman empire to Rome itself. As the only Gentile (non-Jew) gospel writer, it's perhaps not surprising that he should be interested in the way God's purpose should be centred in and then spread out from Jerusalem, and how God ultimately plans to save believers of all races through the work of Jesus.

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Q: Luke is analytical and precise, but the writer is never mentioned in the gospels. If Mark's gospel is a relentless eyewitness dash through the ministry of Jesus, is Luke's a historical analysis of events mostly heard from other people?

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Q: Among Luke's extra pieces of information is an account of the only parable Jesus told about named people (chp 16, the rich man and Lazarus). How is this important?

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