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|below = New Testament manuscripts |belowclass = navbox-abovebelow }} The Gospel According to Luke (Greek: Τὸ κατὰ Λουκᾶν εὐαγγέλιον{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, to kata Loukan euangelion), commonly shortened to the Gospel of Luke or simply Luke, is the third and longest of the four canonical Gospels. It tells of the origins, birth, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}}

Luke and Acts of the Apostles make up a two-volume work from the same pen, called Luke–Acts.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} The cornerstone of Luke-Acts' theology is "salvation history", the author's understanding that God's purpose is seen in the way he has acted, and will continue to act, in history.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} It divides the history of first century Christianity into three stages: first the arrival among men of Jesus the Messiah, from his birth to the beginning of his earthly mission in the meeting with John the Baptist; second the earthly career of Jesus, ending in his Passion, death and resurrection (concluding the gospel story per se); and finally the times of James, Peter and Paul, from Jerusalem to Rome (the story told in Acts).{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}}

Luke-Acts does not name an author.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} According to Church tradition this was the Luke the Evangelist, the companion of Paul,{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} but the majority of scholars reject this identification due to the many contradictions between Acts and the authentic Pauline letters.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} The most probable date for its composition is around 80-100 AD, and there is evidence that it was still being substantially revised well into the 2nd century,{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} the author taking for his sources the gospel of Mark, the sayings collection called the Q source, and a collection of material called the L (for Luke) source.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}}


Gospel of Luke sections
Intro  Composition and setting  Structure and content  Theology  Comparison with other writings  See also  Notes  References  Bibliography  External links  

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