In this post I continue discussing the “comparative method” of analysis (see yesterday’s post), by showing how it works in relation to the Gospel of Luke, again, as taken from my textbook on the NT.


A Comparative Overview of the Gospel

We begin by rehearsing several basic points that we have already learned about Luke’s Gospel, in relationship to Matthew and Mark.  Like them, it is a kind of Greco-Roman biography of Jesus.  It too is anonymous, and like them appears to have been written by a Greek-speaking Christian somewhere outside of Palestine.  He evidently penned his account somewhat later than the Gospel of Mark, perhaps at about the same time as the Gospel of Matthew.  In the second century, the book came to be attributed to Luke, the traveling companion of the apostle Paul; we will consider the merits of this attribution in the following chapter.