Luke 1: Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilledamong us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
Just as we have done with other books I think it is important to take a look at the background of the author to help us better understand the details of the writing and the manner in which the Holy Spirit guided the gifts of the writers. As we will learn Luke was a physician and this gospel contains more details of some events than the others. He was not an eyewitness of the facts he described and, therefore, inspired by the Holy Spirit examined and recorded the testimony of eyewitnesses.
Coffman writes: Luke was probably the only non-Jew called of God to write a Bible book. The Gospel bearing his name is the longest of all. If we include the Acts of the Apostles Luke has written the greatest part of the NT after the Apostle Paul. More than any other evangelist Luke mentions the care of the Lord Jesus for special groups of people and individuals:
- the despised ones (chap. 7:37; 19:1; 23:40),
- the Samaritans (chapter 9:52; 10:33; 17:16),
- women and children (Luke mentions over 10 women who are not mentioned anywhere else).