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Luke, the Evangelist


LUKE, THE EVANGELIST

Luke wrote the gospel and Acts, addressing a Gentile Roman official Theophilus, was a Greek Gentile. He presented Jesus as a Gentile-friendly Saviour of the world. Hence, Luke emphasized Jesus’ interest in the salvation of the excluded, like the Gentiles and the Samaritans, women, tax-collectors, and the poor along with the Jews. He presents Jesus as the saviour searching for the lost and abandoned in society. Luke illustrates how Jesus valued them, forgave their sins, and welcomed them into his kingdom using the parables of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:29-37), the Lost Sheep (Lk 15:4-7), the Lost Coin (Lk 15:8- 10), the celebration of the return of the Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11- 32), the Pharisee and the Publican praying in the Temple (Lk 18:9-14), and the call and conversion of Zacchaeus (Lk 19:1-10).


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