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About Eddie

I am a Christian. I am married to my lovely wife, Kay, for over 40 years. I have enjoyed growing old with her, and look forward to a few more years, if our Lord permits. I am also a father of two daughters, both are married to two wonderful men. My eldest daughter has two children-a girl and a boy, so I am also a grandfather! God has been so kind to let me see both of my daughters fulfilling their dreams while they follow Jesus. I retired from a telecommunications company in 2002, and have never looked back. I have found retirement much more fulfilling than living by another man's schedule. I enjoy studying the Scriptures, reading a good book, blogging, and discussing my faith with folks over the internet who like to discuss matters concerning Jesus. I am also a Sunday school teacher, and have been for over 15 years.

Was Luke an Eyewitness?

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The idea that Luke couldn’t be an eyewitness of Jesus’ teaching and work comes from the fact that most Biblical scholars believe his Gospel was written later in the 1st century AD, perhaps in the 80s, but some would date it even later. Therefore, the premise of Luke being an eyewitness seems out of the question, and even the proposition that there existed eyewitnesses of Jesus ministry at these late dates seems improbable, unless they were quite young witnesses at the time; for example, a witness in his 20s during Jesus’ ministry would be at least in his 70s by the time of the most accepted date for writing Luke. What can we say of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 17, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What About Doctor Luke?

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Many scholars refer to Colossians 4:14, saying Luke, the beloved physician, was the author of both Luke and Acts. Moreover, the many medical terms used in both theses seem to support the idea that they were penned by someone with at least some knowledge of medical science of the first century AD. However, tradition tells us Paul lists this Luke with a number of gentiles, implying he was not a Jew. Yet, it is almost certain Lucius of Cyrene is a Hellenistic Jew, and, as I pointed out in my previous blogpost, he seems to be an excellent candidate for Luke, the writer of the third Gospel and Acts. What can be said about the placement of Luke’s name in Colossians 4:14? Is he a gentile? Does Paul really list a number of Jews ministering to him, while he was in prison, over against a number of gentiles, and is it possible to prove the conclusion? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Lucius of Cyrene

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I mentioned in my previous posting, “Who is the Author of the Gospel of Luke,” that Luke is Lucius of Cyrene, who was one of the leaders of the church at Antioch. Nevertheless, scripture makes no such statement, so how would we connect Lucius of Cyrene with Luke, whom second century AD church fathers say was the writer of the third Gospel narrative? To be honest, the idea that Lucius and Luke is the same person is drawn from circumstantial evidence. While no single reference in scripture can show Lucius is the Gospel writer, the multiple implications added together make an argument that it is possible, perhaps even probable and difficult to deny.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Is the Author of the Gospel of Luke?

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Most biblical scholars believe that both the Gospel of Luke and Acts were written by the same person. Both were written to a man named Theophilus, and in Acts 1:1 the author writes of a former treatise, written to the same recipient. One thing seems certain, if we know the author of either work, we have probably found the author of both. Tradition tells us the name of the author of both works is Luke.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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How Luke Relates to Acts

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It may be surprising to some that Luke connects his two theses together by more than simply naming their addressee, Theophilus. It is through the literary use of chiasms that Luke shows us that both the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts need to be understood together as one complete work. In doing so, Luke unveils important details in both works that might otherwise be lost. The use of chiastic patterns as a literary tool is commonly found in ancient works of importance like the Iliad and the Odyssey. Likewise, the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament both employ chiastic structures to illustrate or emphasize certain facts the authors view as particularly significant. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Gospel of Luke

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If one is to understand the importance of the Gospel of Luke one must take into consideration to whom it was written, why it was written, and when it was written. If the who is of little import, how then could its content be significant? If the why is unknown, how could its content be properly interpreted? If the when is mistakenly placed in the wrong era, Luke’s content, no matter how important, couldn’t ever be received with much authority. I hope to address each of these questions properly in their proper places in this study. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

The Authentic Boast

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“Before concluding his letter Paul returns once more to the antithesis of cross and circumcision, setting them forth this time as representing respectively the true and the false ground of boasting, and thus carrying a stage further his polemic against the Judaizers and their way of legal observance (Galatians 5:2-12).”[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2016 in Galatians

 

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