Luke and Acts tells the story of what Jesus did and taught during his ministry, first in his earthly life and then as the exalted Christ and Lord through his disciples. This essay will outline the various titles Luke used to portray or described Jesus in his two-volume narrative, in doing this we hope to get a better understanding and a complete picture of who Jesus was. Luke in his two volume work described Jesus in numerous ways and I am only going to be discussing four which referred to him as Christ, Lord, Prophet and Savior. The main Christological themes that appear in Luke-Acts highlighted and emphasised on the concept of the “Lord 's Christ”, meaning the coming ruler of God 's people, who will serve as their Savior and performing prophetic work [2 pg. 123-143]. Moreover, Jesus’s role was not assumed on his own initiative, but rather it was the work of God. Thus we can say that God’s work and plans were at the center of the Book of Acts and Luke’s gospel [1 pg 22].
Readers of the Gospel of Luke often try to identify Luke’s intended audience. Understanding Luke’s intended audience can provide insight into how Luke used current culture to strategically spread the word of God. Specifically, we can look at the period of Hellenization, along passages, to interpret Luke’s Gospel as intended for a Greco-Roman audience.
The controversial figure of St Paul is credited with writing thirteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament; thus making him one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age and in the development of the early Christian faith. Paul’s letters are some of the earliest Christian documents discovered dating to approximately 50 AD, whereas the scholarly consensus for the dating of the gospels is between 70 AD and 90 AD. Therefore, Paul’s thirteen letters reveal the earliest teachings about Jesus and the Christian faith; in particular Paul’s letter to the Romans expresses the fullest statement of how salvation in Christ is achieved (Wansbrough, 2011, P247). Thus, this essay will primarily focus on Romans and the extent it concurs with the Gospel according to Luke. In doing this, the essay will also analyse whether Paul’s letters rely on the narrative of Luke’s gospel. The overall message Paul preaches in his thirteen letters is we can be saved through Jesus’ actions, but only if we follow his teachings. However, the argument is can this message be fully understood by Christians without Luke’s gospel? Additionally, this paper will attempt to show how Paul’s preaching has altered or remained the same throughout time.
In the first part of Dr. Timothy McGrew's discussion on the dependability of Acts and Luke as an author, McGrew shows and proceeds to interact with the opposing view held by Dr. Bart Ehrman. McGrew respectfully goes through each of Ehrman's negative and misguided beliefs on the contradictions and errors Erhman believes there to be in the book of Acts.
In this brief journey of a lifetime for the storyline from early 1900s; inherently, represented only a partial existence in its historical context; nevertheless, found to be richly sourced from the Scripture written by authors of Old Testament and the New Testament in which both accounts are inspired by the Holy Spirit; in Luke, John, Matthew and Mark was manifested. And, markedly categorized into these three subjects: centered on the topic of Religion above all; then, to Historical accounts; and,
Third, he dedicates his work to the reader’s knowledge and growth in the Christian faith. These three statements apply not only to Luke but to Acts as well. They help account for the plausibility, careful reporting, and theological sensitivity of the book.
The Gospel According to Luke is the third and second longest of the four canonical Gospels. It tells of the birth, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Luke is a poetic book it opens with a song and closes with a song. The purpose for the book of Luke was to present an accurate account of the life of Christian to present His as the perfect human and Savior. Luke was a doctor and a Greek Gentile Christian. He was the only Gentile author and he also wrote the book of Acts. Luke wrote this book to the Greeks.
In this essay, I will justify why Jesus, a historical figure, is molded in ancient texts to fulfill biased endeavors in spirituality without proven or creditable sources. This initial warping of Jesus carries over pre-organized beliefs and conclusions about who he was and what he did. First, I will discuss the obvious biases of each Gospel writer and explain why they are partial in displaying Jesus, each story simply benefiting their own belief and purpose. After, comparing and contrasting the Gospel’s varying images of Jesus, I will show the continuous inconsistency on who Jesus was and what he represents tracing back to the original penmanship in 65-90 CE. Next, I will explain why the sources used to write all four Gospels are unreliable
Ryrie has organized his book clearly with various sections in bold letters. He utilized some diagrams for the reader to better teach on the Holy Spirit. These organizational methods helps the reader to better understand the points that Ryrie is trying to get across about the Holy Spirit. The book includes discussion on who the Holy Spirit is. It focuses on the Holy Spirit’s part in creation, revelation, and inspiration. The book focuses on the Holy Spirit of both the Old and the New Testaments. It covers grace, gifts, and the activities of the Holy Spirit. It covers the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the future and concludes with the history of the Doctrine of
Our source of knowledge of the apostolic work of Paul comes first from the Book of Acts. The epistles written by Paul serve to further our knowledge of his mission. These letters were written to churches that he had founded or churches that were known to him. Luke’s account of Paul introduces us to the basic facts about this important biblical figure. A more complete understanding of Paul’s journeys can be gleaned from his letters. These epistles were written almost at the time they occurred and they comprise some of the earliest works contained in the New Testament.
Matthew, Mark, and Luke are called the Synoptic Gospels because they include similar stories about the life, ministry and death of Jesus Christ. Although similar in material, they were written for different audiences and by men of very different occupations. Matthew was a tax collector and wrote his book directed to the Jews, and Luke, a physician, wrote his book directed to the Gentiles. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundational principle of the Christian faith, and no event has greater impacted history. Let’s explore the differences given in the accounts of Matthew and Luke.
The gospel of Luke and John are gospels about Jesus and John the Baptist. They have several differences and similarities. The Gospel of Luke describes the conception and birth of John the Baptist and Jesus while the gospel of Luke describes their life after birth. Summaries, variances, and connections of these two gospels are discussed below.
In this article Harold Attridge examines Luke’s background, the scriptures Luke wrote, Jesus’s values, the context and purpose of Luke’s gospel and the treatment of Christians at the time of Luke’s writings. The article expresses that Luke’s Gospel was written before the destruction of Jerusalem and at a time when Christians were being persecuted for practicing their faith so consequently the purpose of his Gospel was to show an ethical example and imply that Christians could be good citizens. This source is relevant to the topic as it suggests the purpose of Luke's Gospel and the treatment of Christians before the fall of Jerusalem. A limitation of the website is that it has not been recently published, it’s publish date is April 1998 so it may not be up to date with the latest, accurate information. Nonetheless, this source is very beneficial and appropriate to the task as it provides facts and research on the chosen sacred text. This source will not be the cornerstone of my research but will add a good understanding to the purpose of the sacred text.
Their is much debate surrounding the use of the charismatic gifts in Acts. Many questions arise about how to use such gifts, and whether or not they can be used today in the first place. The debate regarding the continuation and the cessation of the spiritual gifts, the meaning of which we will clarify in a moment, is a relatively modern one. Although we read about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in Acts, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the early church of the New Testament, history is more or less silent on this issue. It was not until the early