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The Gospel According To Luke - Introduction

The Gospel of Luke was written about 90 C.E. by a Gentile Christian, one of the first church writers with a real awareness of himself as a literary figure (see 1.1–4 n. ). Basic to the design of his work is the place that Luke assigns the career of Jesus in a more comprehensive view of the course of God's dealings with the human family. Jesus' ministry is the period in terms of which the previous and subsequent history of salvation is given meaning: it is the culmination of ancient Israel's promise and the ground of the church's hope and life.

After a lengthy introduction ( 1.1–4.13 ), Luke describes Jesus' career as a procession that begins in Galilee ( 4.14–9.50 ) and moves on the way to Jerusalem ( 9.51–19.27 ) where the nature of divine Sonship is fully revealed ( 19.28–24.53 ).

But the story of salvation does not end here. It is taken up again in a second volume (Acts of the Apostles) where, in the experience of the church, the way that once led to Jerusalem now extends to “the farthest corners of the earth” (Acts 1.8 ).

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