2021_07_05 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Luke 1
Happy 4th of July! I hope you were all able to enjoy the holiday this weekend. It feels like summer has truly arrived.
I will give a brief introduction as we move this week into Luke’s biography of Jesus. History tells us that Luke was a doctor (Colossians 4:14), and as such, his biography of the life of Christ is very detailed. In addition, many scholars believe Luke was a Gentile which makes him the only Gentile author in the New Testament (Life Application Study Bible, 2004).
This biography is one of two books that Luke authored; the other is the book of Acts which picks up where the biographies end and recounts the beginning of the early church. Both Luke and Acts were addressed to “Theophilus.” We don’t get any additional information, but it could be that he was Luke’s patron, providing support for his work and writing. Luke was a traveling companion of Paul – we know this from the use of “we” and “us” at points in the book of Acts (HCSB Study Bible, 2010).
The combination of Luke and Acts make up 28% of the New Testament (Wright & Bird, 2019); 60% of Luke’s biography is not found elsewhere, adding a great deal of detail to the story of Jesus’ life (HCSB Study Bible, 2010). Luke is a historian who researched and used eye-witness accounts as his evidence (see Luke 1:1-4). As we read through the 24 chapters of Luke, we will add to what we have read in Matthew and Mark. I’m excited to dig in with you as we learn more about Jesus and what it means to be His disciple from Dr. Luke.
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HCSB Study Bible. (2010). Holman Bible Publishers.
Life Application Study Bible. (2004). Tyndale House Publishers.
Wright, N. T., & Bird, M. F. (2019). The New Testament in its World. Zondervan Academic.