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This summary of the Gospel of Luke provides information about the title, author(s), date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the Gospel of Luke.The author's name does not appear in the book, but much unmistakable evidence points to Luke.Antioch, Achaia and Ephesus are possible destinations.Luke had outstanding command of the Greek language.It was written to strengthen the faith of all believers and to answer the attacks of unbelievers.It was presented to displace some disconnected and ill-founded reports about Jesus (see 1:1-4 and note).
This material is predominantly made up of accounts of Jesus' discourses.Since the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) report many of the same episodes in Jesus' life, one would expect much similarity in their accounts.The dissimilarities reveal the distinctive emphases of the separate writers.Luke's characteristic themes include: (1) universality, recognition of Gentiles as well as Jews in God's plan (see, e.g., -32 and notes on ; 3:6); (2) emphasis on prayer, especially Jesus' praying before important occasions (see note on ); (3) joy at the announcement of the gospel or "good news" (see note on ); (4) special concern for the role of women (see, e.g., 8:1-3 and notes); (5) special interest in the poor (some of the rich were included among Jesus' followers, but he seemed closest to the poor; see note on ); (6) concern for sinners (Jesus was a friend to those deep in sin); (7) stress on the family circle (Jesus' activity included men, women and children, with the setting frequently in the home); (8) repeated use of the Messianic title "Son of Man" (used 25 times; see ; Da and notes); (9) emphasis on the Holy Spirit (see note on 4:1); (10) inclusion of more parables than any other Gospel; (11) emphasis on praising God (see ; and notes).Although Luke acknowledges that many others had written of Jesus' life (1:1), he does not indicate that he relied solely on these reports for his own writing.
Such a dedication to the publisher was common at that time. The message of this Gospel was intended for his own instruction (1:4) as well as the instruction of those among whom the book would be circulated.