Slightly later than scheduled…here is an introduction to Luke. Thanks again to Paul Robertson for preparing this.
THE GOSPEL OF LUKE
Key theme: JESUS IS GOOD NEWS FOR EVERYONE
Luke wrote his Gospel for Theophilus (Greek, meaning “lover of God”). We can’t be sure whether this is the name of a person or a more general description of his intended reader. What we do know is that Luke wrote for a wide audience (gentiles as well as Jews) to provide them with an orderly and carefully researched account of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. He is comfortable communicating to a non-Jewish audience – he doesn’t assume any knowledge of Jewish customs or language and relates Jesus life to key world events. In tracing Jesus’ ancestry back to Adam and in detailing Jesus encounters with a wide range of people, Luke emphasises the universality of the good news that Jesus brings.
As you read…
- Prayer: Note the references to prayer that you find. Who is praying? What events happen after the passage making mention of prayer? What does Jesus teach about prayer (both by his words and by his example)?
- People: How often do women feature in Luke? And gentiles? How many different kinds of people meet Jesus in Luke’s Gospel? How does Jesus respond to them? What happens as a result of the encounter?
- Parables: How often does Jesus speak in story form? Why might Jesus use stories rather than more direct forms of teaching? How prepared are you to, like Luke, tell Jesus’ story (or your own) in a way that would be understood by people you meet today?
NT Wright Luke for Everyone SPCK, London (2004)