Studying the Gospel of Luke: Introduction

Editor’s Note: Today we welcome Stuart Dunn to our team of New Evangelizers bloggers. Stuart will begin his posting here by sharing a study of the Gospel of Luke on alternating weeks. Enjoy!

Today, I start with my introductory lesson to Luke. I’m using multiple Bibles, books, and websites to lead this story, including, but not limited to, Ignatius Catholic Study BibleAnselm Academic Study Bible,The Eastern – Greek Orthodox Bible: New TestamentJesus in the Gospel and ActsBringing the Gospel of Luke to LifeAgape Bible Study, and The Gospel of Luke: Good News for the Poor.

Who was St. Luke?

  • Born in Hellenistic city of Antioch
  • Studies included Greek philosophy, medicine, and art
  • Became a professional physician
  • Preached with St. Paul in Rome
  • After St. Paul’s martyrdom, he preached throughout Italy, Dalmatia, Macedonia, and other regions.
  • He wrote both a Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.
    • His patron was probably Theophilus, the governor of Achaia
  • Some give him credit for contributing to the Epistles to the Hebrews.
  • Is credited with being the first Christian iconographer. His first icon was of the Mary the Directress. (See below for what a 16th Century icon looks modeled after the original)
  • In his old age, he visited Libya, Egypt, and then returned to Greece.
  • He was hanged at age 84 from an olive tree in the town of Thebes.
    • His relics are divided into three places
    • His tomb is located next to the tree and it has the rib closest to his heart there.
      • The tomb still works miracles, with myrrh appearing on tomb on 12/22/97.
    • His body is in the Abbey of Santa Giustina in Padua
    • His head is in the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague
  • His feast day is October 18th.

Some Notes on the Gospels

notes on gospels

The Two-Source Hypothesis in a Diagram

Two-Source Hypothesis

The Context of Luke: People and Events

Significant People and Events

Six Themes You’ll Find in Luke’s Gospel

  1. Joy is signature of the Kingdom of God
  2. Emphasis on the poor and marginalized
  3. Emphasis on prayer
  4. The work of the Holy Spirit
  5. Healings
  6. Gospel is universal and open to all

Themes and Topics by Verse

Theme Topic Verses Luke

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Stuart Dunn

Stuart Dunn

Stuart Dunn was born and raised in Mobile, AL and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Alabama. Stuart primarily does accounting and logistics at the Port of Mobile. He met his wife, Mary Katherine, in 2004 but didn’t start dating her until 2010. They were married in 2011 and welcomed their first child into the world in 2013. Stuart is a top 1000 Amazon reviewer and reviews all things Catholic including adult books, children’s books, Bible Study series, Catholic Courses, CDs, and DVDs at his blog Stuart’s Study at

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