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L u k e ,  J o h n

L u k e.(*):This evangelist.(an evangelist is one engaged in preaching and dissemination of the gospel).was a physician.(Colossians 4:14).and a companion of the apostle Paul. The style of his writings and his acquaintance with the Jewish rites and usage sufficiently show that he knew well of the religion of the Jews, while his knowledge of the Greek language and his name speak his Gentile origin.

This Gospel appears to give a genuine and inspired account of the life, miracles and doctrines of our Lord, learned from those who heard and witnessed his discourses and miracles. There are many passages in Paul's epistles, as well as in the writings of Luke, which show the extent and accuracy of Luke the physician's knowledge of health. 

Written in Greece 63 A.D. The date and circumstances of his conversion are unknown. According to his own statement.(Luke 1:1-4), he was an "eye-witness from the beginning".

It is probable that he was a physician in Troas and was there converted by Paul, to whom he attached himself. He accompanied him to Philippi, but did not there share his imprisonment, nor did he accompany him further after his release in his missionary journey at this time.

On Paul's third visit to Philippi.(Acts 20:5,6).we again meet with Luke, who probably had spent all the intervening time in that city, a period of seven or eight years. From this time Luke was Paul's constant companion during his journey to Jerusalem. He again disappears from view during Paul's imprisonment at Jerusalem and Caesarea and only reappears when Paul sets out for Rome:.Acts 27:1. The last notice of the beloved physician Luke is in 2Timothy 4:11

The date of its composition is uncertain. It must have been written before the Acts, the date of the composition of which is generally fixed at about 63 or 64 A.D. This Gospel of Luke was written, therefore, probably about 60 or 63 when Luke may have been at Caesarea in attendance on Paul, who was then a prisoner. Others have conjectured that it was written at Rome during Paul's imprisonment there. But on this point no positive certainty can be attained. 

It is commonly supposed that Luke wrote under the direction, if not at the dictation of Paul. Many words and phrases are common to both.

Luke was not one of the original disciples.(Matthew 10:2-4), having come on the scene long after Emmanuel had been crucified and resurrected. His death by martyrdom between 75 and 100 A.D. is generally reported.

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J o h n.(*): Like the name 'Jesus', there was no letter 'J' till the 17th century A.D., so John's name was actually 'Ioannes'.

John was born at Bethsaida. The book of John was written in Asia Minor, 97 A.D. John was the brother of James the 'Greater', who both with their father, were fishermen:.Matthew 4:21; 10:2. He was probably the younger, of the sons of Zebedee.(Matthew 4:21).and Salome:.Matthew 27:56. His father was apparently a man of some wealth.

He was doubtless trained in all that constituted the ordinary education of Jewish youth. When he grew up he followed the occupation of a fisherman on the Lake of Galilee, when another John, John the Baptist, began his ministry in the wilderness of Judea. 

This John also was deeply influenced by the teachings of Emmanuel. John, this apostle and evangelist who wrote the book of John in the Bible, seems to have been the youngest of the twelve.(Matthew 10:2-4).disciples who were constantly around Emmanuel until His death. He was especially favoured with our Lord's regard and confidence, so as to be spoken of as the disciple whom Emmanuel loved:.John 13:23; 20:2; 21:7,20. He was very sincerely attached to Emmanuel, deeply believing what Emmanuel was on Earth for. He exercised his ministry at Jerusalem with much success and outlived the destruction of that city.

History relates that after the death of Emmanuel's mother, John resided chiefly at Ephesus.(map).towards the close of Domitian's reign.(Domitian lived 51-96 A.D. and reigned as Emperor of Rome 81-96 A.D.; he completed the conquest of Britain).

After 89 A.D. his government became dictatorial, leading to a reign of terror. Domitian was assassinated by a freedman in connivance with his empress and officers of the court.

John was banished to the isle of Patmos.(pic and map).in 95 A.D. probably when the Roman emperor Nero or Domitian reigned. It is not known with certainty which, nor at what date. Here he wrote the vision he called Revelation.(the Book of Revelation, the last book in the Bible). Like Ezekiel.(Ezekiel Chapter 1; Revelation chapters 2-18).and Isaiah.(Isaiah 6:1-7).long before him, John too saw pictures in his mind of the throne of the Creator.(Ephesians 3:10).and its goings on:.Revelation 4th chapter.

On the accession of Marcus Cocceius Nerva, about 35-98 A.D., Roman Emperor 96-98, John was set at liberty from his exile and returned to Ephesus, where it is thought, in advanced age, he wrote what's called his Gospel.(Book of John).and also wrote his Epistles.(epistles are letters, here being 1st, 2nd and 3rd John), about 97 A.D. He died at Ephesus, in the third year of Trajan in 100 A.D., being then, according to Epiphanius, ninety four years of age. He was buried near that city and several of the fathers mention his sepulchre as being there. 

At about 90 A.D. Ephesus became the Eastern centre of the new spiritual life for those that were tagged as 'Christians':.Acts 11:26. The seven churches of Asia were the objects of John's special care:.Revelation 1:11.

We do know that John was not martyred. What happened to him is anyone's guess. Was he transposed, like some long before him, such as Enoch and Elijah? No record of John being buried. Perhaps he too went as did Enoch and Elijah, into the family of good beings.

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