The Book of Luke: Physician And Historian
by Matthew A. Knight
Xlibris NZ

"One can almost visualize Luke placing... his fingers together as he considered a well-written, historical, and orderly account of... birth of John... birth of the Lord Jesus Christ."

The author has written a guide for use in conjunction with group studies on the Gospel of Luke. A physician who traveled with the Apostle Paul’s missionary group through Asia and Greece, Luke was also likely the author of the Book of Acts. Undoubtedly, he questioned the disciples who knew firsthand the early events of the New Testament. This allowed Luke to carefully lay out in order the facts about the ministries of both John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. Luke was also acquainted with an important personage who expressed interest in learning of these events. His gospel is a systematic narrative addressed to the “most excellent” Theophilus, possibly a governor.

Knight provides commentary on significant portions found in each of the twenty-four chapters of Luke. For example, he introduces John the Baptist’s parents, pointing out that John and Jesus were second cousins, and each conception was foretold by an angel. He comments on Luke’s well-known parables of the Good Samaritan, the Lost Son, and the Rich Man and Lazarus. He provides cross-referencing to similar or different accounts in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and John.

Although designed for use in a group study at church or in a home, this 115-page book will prove equally helpful to anyone interested in learning about this specific gospel of the New Testament. With a teacher’s heart, Knight provides five to seven short questions that reinforce what was read in each chapter. The author invites the reader to get involved, providing insights from other scholars and directly quoting from biblical text within the section. To keep on track, parentheses at the top of each section give the Bible verses covered. References are from the NIV Bible, making this guide accessible to a wide audience and suitable for study groups from a variety of denominations.

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