The Gospel According to Luke is the first of a two-volume work (the second being the Acts of the Apostles) traditionally attributed to Luke, a physician and traveling companion of Paul. It offers a depiction of the life and teaching of Jesus that anchors him firmly in the prophetic and priestly traditions of the scriptures of Israel while it focuses on compassionate forgiveness as a central feature of the Christian life. Luke’s accounts of the decisive events in the life of Jesus have distinctive features that have resonated throughout the history of the Church. The shepherds who watch their flocks by night take their place beside the despondent disciples on the road to Emmaus as bookends of the story of Jesus’ life. All herald the joyous good news that through Jesus the God of Israel has done something new for Israel and for all humankind. Pursue this study to find out more about this influential and beloved account of the life and teachings of Jesus.
Meet Our Professors
Harold Attridge, Sterling Professor of Divinity at Yale Divinity School, has made scholarly contributions to New Testament exegesis and to the study of Hellenistic Judaism and the history of the early Church. His publications include Essays on John and Hebrews, Hebrews: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, First-Century Cynicism in the Epistles of Heraclitus, The Interpretation of Biblical History in the Antiquitates Judaicae of Flavius Josephus, Nag Hammadi Codex I: The Jung Codex, and The Acts of Thomas, as well as numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. He holds degrees from Boston College (B.A), Cambridge University (M.A.), and Harvard University (Ph.D.).
David Bartlett, J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor Emeritus of Christian Communication at Yale Divinity School, is the author of several books including Fact and Faith, The Shape of Scriptural Authority, Between the Bible and the Church, and What’s Good About This News? Preaching from the Gospels and Galatians. He is also the co-editor of the Westminster Bible Companion and Feasting on the Word commentary series. He holds degrees from Swarthmore College (B.A) and Yale University (B.D, Ph.D.), and is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA.