It's time to continue our study of the gospels and move on to Luke. Many thanks to everyone who joined the discussion on the Matthew and Mark threads. I enjoyed them very much and will use the same approach for Luke's gospel. I will post a chapter (or maybe part of a chapter) every day . . . a brief summary and a personal reflection. My posts will generally be based on the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. I accept the liberal scholarship which identifies Mark as the first gospel to be written. I believe Matthew and Luke used Mark as a basis for their own gospels. I also accept the hypothesis of a second common source for Matthew and Luke. The gospels I consider to be faith testimonies, open to a variety of interpretations. I view the bible as foundational to Christian faith. I am interested in discussion about my summaries & reflections and you are also encouraged to comment on the biblical text itself. If you bring other scriptures into the conversation, please identify where and why you are doing this I am not opposed to minor tangents. But if we stray too far from the text we are studying, I will suggest starting a spin-off thread or do so myself. Off topic posts and any posts which are not reasonably clear will be Reported for a ruling by the moderators. Let us begin!