Month: May 2017

Why Luke isn’t as historical as you think it is

Åâàíãåëèñò ËóêàIn my circles, Luke is often the ‘go-to’ for a historically credible gospel for seekers.  This is perhaps partly because of its opening:

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.

Ironically, Luke* is quite explicit about not being an eye-witness, of course.  However, the author seems to make a claim that he’s done good historical research and is effectively compiling a suite of eyewitness reports.

That ain’t necessarily so.

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