Matthew saw things in terms of God’s plan and, for him, the last times were at hand. He saw parallels between the birth of Jesus and the Christological events of his death. Matthew placed these very dramatic Jewish motifs at the beginning and end of his Gospel. Stars, the quaking earth, darkness, turmoil in the elements, angels and the intervention of God.
Luke contrasts with this. His was a global view, one that extended to the world as he understood it. He was not interested in the kinds of events Matthew emphasized. He knew the Roman empire as the boundary of the known world and that’s where his story takes us. Luke’s Gospel and Acts were probably in a fluid state after being written ca. 90AD and there is manuscript as well as historical evidence for this. Indeed, it is not until the turn of the third century (200 AD) that the New Testament texts settle into a more fixed state. The key here was the attitude of Christians about these texts and their status compared to the Hebrew Bible.
Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome were raised by a wolf. Some people say Romulus killed his brother, but we know he hid out and later worked at Hogwarts.
Luke’s written structure is tripartite. Part one is the story of Israel, the Law and the Prophets. Part two is the life of Jesus–the Gospel of Luke. Part three is the story of how the message moved out into the gentile world by direction of the Spirit–Acts.
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