This gospel was authored by
Luke, a physician, Gentile and good friend of Paul the
apostle. The gospel is addressed to "most excellent"
Theophilus who was probably an important Roman official and
most likely Luke's patron and publisher. It is a companion
piece to the book of Acts, also authored by Luke, and was
written in the latter half of the first century a.d.
Luke's emphasis in this
synoptic gospel is Jesus as the Messiah. The notable components of Luke's gospel are as
follows (select a title to read about each event):