40 Days in Luke is a blog project of the Harvard Ichthus, a student journal of Christian thought and expression. Our blog will host reflections, commentary, and exegesis of the twenty-four chapters of the Gospel of Luke, one of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. Last year, we spent 40 days in Mark, during which we proudly featured over 50 posts from a large cadre of talented writers, including students, professors, alumni, and ministers. Topics ranged from the role of the apostles, to the active faith of the blind Bartimaeus, to fitting prayer into a busy schedule. This year, we aim to do the same with Luke. All posts will be united by a single goal: to better understand who Jesus was and what that means for us today.
The Gospel of Luke offers a unique perspective on Jesus’s life, as it is written from the vantage point of a historian. The author Luke wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts for the purpose of compiling “an orderly account” of the events surrounding the beginnings of Christianity (Luke 1:3). Thus Luke provides the most exhaustive account of the historical life of Christ: it contains more unique parables than any of the other gospels, is the only gospel to speak of the angel Gabriel’s appearance to the parents of John the Baptist, Elizabeth and Zacharias, and is one of only two gospels which offer a genealogy of Jesus (the other is Matthew).
It is no wonder, then, that Luke is the longest of all of the gospels, containing sixteen of Jesus’s miracles and twenty-four of his parables. Together with the book of Acts, this makes the writings of Luke comprise more than a quarter of the New Testament, more than any other New Testament author (even Paul). This fact alone warrants a careful investigation into what Luke has to say.
Is It True?