Gospel of Luke

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Luke's Gospel


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The gospel according Luke is the third book of the New Testament. It tells the story of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. The story told in Luke is continued by the same author in the sequel the Acts of the Apostles.

Read Matthew Henry's Concise Bible Commentary on the Gospel of Luke


The author's name is not recorded anywhere in the gospel. Early Christian writings such as the Muratorian Canon and the works of Orenaeus name Luke as the author. Further evidence can be taken from the Book of Acts, which is the continuation or companion book of the gospel of Luke, written by the same author. In Acts, the writer uses the pronoun "we" suggesting that the author was a companion of Paul.


The gospel is addressed to Theophilus (Luke 1:3). Theophilus may have been a Roman official.

Date and place of writing

Two possible suggestions for the date of writing are between 59 and 63 AD, or around 80 AD.

Purpose and themes

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