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1 – Introduction and the Birth Narratives

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After about a decade since I taught a Sunday school class on the Gospel of Luke, I’ve decided to return to this wonderful Gospel and study it once more, and perhaps pausing longer at each passage.

In this particular page I have taken a special interest both in Luke, the writer of this Gospel and in Theophilus, Luke’s addressee. I have touched upon both of these characters in an earlier study on the Book of Acts, but in this study I have gone a little further to show their identities.

This page covers only Luke’s introduction and the infancy narratives. I intend to cover Jesus’ baptism and the very beginning of his public ministry in another series. All in all, I believe Jesus’ public ministry took three and one-half years to complete. I hope readers who come here find the studies below both interesting and informative. May the Lord bless all who come here to read and consider these things.

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  1. INTRODUCTION ……………………………………………………….. The Gospel of Luke
  2. INTRODUCTION continued …………………………………………… How Luke Relates to Acts?
  3. About the Author (Part 1) ………………………………………………. Who is the Author of the Third Gospel?
  4. About the Author (Part 2) ………………………………………………. Lucius of Cyrene
  5. About the Author (Part 3) ………………………………………………. What about Doctor Luke?
  6. About the Author (Part 4) ………………………………………………. Was Luke an Eyewitness?
  7. About the Author (Part 5) ………………………………………………. The Anonymous Disciple
  8. About the Author (Part 6) ………………………………………………. Paul’s Kinsmen
  9. About Luke’s Intended Reader (Part 1) ………………………………. Who is Theophilus
  10. About Luke’s Intended Reader (Part 2) ………………………………. Theophilus and the Herod Family
  11. About Luke’s Intended Reader (Part 3) ………………………………. Theophilus and the Infancy Narratives
  12. Luke 1:1-4 ………………………………………………………………… Luke’s Preface
  13. Luke 1:5 …………………………………………………………………… The Course of Abijah
  14. Luke 1:5-13 ………………………………………………………………. God Remembers His Covenant
  15. Luke 1:13-23 ……………………………………………………………… God, Face to Face
  16. Luke 1:24-25 ……………………………………………………………… Why Did Elizabeth Hide?
  17. Luke 1:26-29 ……………………………………………………………… Gabriel’s Greeting to Mary
  18. Luke 1:30-38 ……………………………………………………………… The Lord Coming in Flesh
  19. Luke 1:39 …………………………………………………………………. Mary’s Journey to the Hills of Judea
  20. Luke 1:40-45 ……………………………………………………………… When Mary Greeted Elizabeth
  21. Luke 1:46-56 ……………………………………………………………… The Magnificat
  22. Luke 1:57-66 ……………………………………………………………… The Birth of John the Baptist
  23. Luke 1:67-79 ……………………………………………………………… Zechariah’s Song of Praise
  24. Luke 1:76-79 ……………………………………………………………… The Work of John the Baptist
  25. Luke 2:1-2 (Part 1) ………………………………………………………. Did Augustus Tax the World
  26. Luke 2:1-2 (Part 2) ………………………………………………………. Worldwide Census
  27. Luke 2:2 …………………………………………………………………… Quirnius, Governor of Syria
  28. Luke 2:3-5 ………………………………………………………………… Why Did Joseph Go to Bethlehem?
  29. Luke 2:1-5 (“in those days” i.e. of Herod — Luke 1:5 — Part 1) ……. When Did Herod Die?
  30. Luke 2:1-5 (“in those days” i.e. of Herod — Part 2) …………………. Josephus’ Eclipse and Herod’s Death
  31. Luke 2:1-5 (“in those days” i.e. of Herod — Part 3) …………………. How Long Was Herod King?
  32. Luke 2:1-5 (“in those days” i.e. of Herod — Part 4) …………………. The Reigns of Herod’s Sons?
  33. Luke 2:1-7 …………………………………………………………………. Jesus in an Historical Context
  34. Luke 2:6-7 (Part 1) ……………………………………………………….. Unto Us a Child is Born
  35. Luke 2:6-7 (Part 2) ……………………………………………………….. No Room For Jesus
  36. Luke 2:6-7 (Part 3) ……………………………………………………….. Born in a Stable
  37. Luke 2:8-14 ……………………………………………………………….. The Weakness of God
  38. Luke 2:8 (Part 1) …………………………………………………………. Watching their Flocks by Night
  39. Luke 2:8 (Part 2) …………………………………………………………. The Migdal Eder
  40. Luke 2:9 …………………………………………………………………… How Close is Heaven?
  41. Luke 2:12 …………………………………………………………………. The Sign
  42. Luke 2:14-20 ……………………………………………………………… Our Guide to the Way of Peace
  43. Luke 2:16-20 ……………………………………………………………… Searching for Jesus
  44. Luke 2:21 …………………………………………………………………. Jesus’ Circumcision
  45. Luke 2:22-23 ……………………………………………………………… Jesus’ Right to the Priesthood
  46. Luke 2:22-24 ……………………………………………………………… Jesus’ Birth and Mary’s Purification
  47. Luke 2:1-24 ……………………………………………………………….. Luke’s Birth Account of Jesus
  48. Luke 2:25-35 ……………………………………………………………… Simeon and Jesus
  49. Luke 2:36-39 ……………………………………………………………… Jesus and Anna the Prophetess
  50. Luke 2:39 …………………………………………………………………. Does Luke Contradict Matthew
  51. Luke 2:40-52 ……………………………………………………………… Jesus and Samuel the Prophet
  52. Luke 2:40-52 ……………………………………………………………… Three Trips to Jerusalem
  53. Luke 2:40-52 ……………………………………………………………… Why the Silence?
 

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