Luke - Revised Standard Version (1966)
The Gospel according to Luke is the first part of a two-volume work that continues the biblical history of God's dealings with humanity found in the Old Testament, showing how God's promises to Israel have been fulfilled in Jesus and how the salvation promised to Israel and accomplished by Jesus has been extended to the Gentiles. The stated purpose of the two volumes is to provide Theophilus and others like him with certainty--assurance--about earlier instruction they have received (Luke 1:4). To accomplish his purpose, Luke shows that the preaching and teaching of the representatives of the early church are grounded in the preaching and teaching of Jesus, who during his historical ministry (Acts 1:21-22) prepared his specially chosen followers and commissioned them to be witnesses to his resurrection and to all else that he did (Acts 10:37-42). This continuity between the historical ministry of Jesus and the ministry of the apostles is Luke's way of guaranteeing the fidelity of the Church's teaching to the teaching of Jesus. - Luke's story of Jesus and the church is dominated by a historical perspective. This history is first of all salvation history. God's divine plan for human salvation was accomplished during the period of Jesus, who through the events of his life (Luke 22:22) fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies (Luke 4:21; 18:31; 22:37; 24:26-27, 44), and this salvation is now extended to all humanity in the period of the church (Acts 4:12). This salvation history, moreover, is a part of human history. Luke relates the story of Jesus and the church to events in contemporary Palestinian (Luke 1:5; 3:1-2; Acts 4:6) and Roman (Luke 2:1-2; 3:1; Acts 11:28; 18:2, 12) history for, as Paul says in Acts 26:26, "this was not done in a corner." Finally, Luke relates the story of Jesus and the church to contemporaneous church history. Luke is concerned with presenting Christianity as a legitimate form of worship in the Roman world, a religion that is capable of meeting the spiritual needs of a world empire like that of Rome. To this end, Luke depicts the Roman governor Pilate declaring Jesus innocent of any wrongdoing three times (Luke 23:4, 14, 22). At the same time Luke argues in Acts that Christianity is the logical development and proper fulfillment of Judaism and is therefore deserving of the same toleration and freedom traditionally accorded Judaism by Rome (Acts 13:16-41; 23:6-9; 24:10-21; 26:2-23).
(...) - Early Christian tradition, from the late second century on, identifies the author of this gospel and of the Acts of the Apostles as Luke, a Syrian from Antioch, who is mentioned in the New Testament in Col 4:14, Philippians 1:24 and 2 Tim 4:11. The prologue of the gospel makes it clear that Luke is not part of the first generation of Christian disciples but is himself dependent upon the traditions he received from those who were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word (Luke 1:2). His two- volume work marks him as someone who was highly literate both in the Old Testament traditions according to the Greek versions and in Hellenistic Greek writings. (...) - Luke's consistent substitution of Greek names for the Aramaic or Hebrew names occurring in his sources (e.g., Luke 23:33; // Mark 15:22; Luke 18:41; // Mark 10:51), his omission from the gospel of specifically Jewish Christian concerns found in his sources (e.g., Mark 7:1-23), his interest in Gentile Christians (Luke 2:30-32; 3:6, 38; 4:16-30; 13:28-30; 14:15-24; 17:11-19; 24:47-48), and his incomplete knowledge of Palestinian geography, customs, and practices are among the characteristics of this gospel that suggest that Luke was a non-Palestinian writing to a non-Palestinian audience that was largely made up of Gentile Christians. - The principal divisions of the Gospel according to Luke are the following: I. The Prologue (Luke 1:1-4) II. The Infancy Narrative (Luke 1:5-2:52) III. The Preparation for the Public Ministry (Luke 3:1-4:13) IV. The Ministry in Galilee (Luke 4:14-9:50) V. The Journey to Jerusalem: Luke's Travel Narrative (Luke 9:51-19:27) VI. The Teaching Ministry in Jerusalem (Luke 19:28-21:38) VII. The Passion Narrative (Luke 22:1-23:56) VIII. The Resurrection Narrative (Luke 24:1-53) - (NAB)


Book of


1 Dedication to Theophilus
The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
Mary Visits Elizabeth
Mary's Song of Praise
The Birth of John the Baptist
Zechariah's Prophecy
2 The Birth of Jesus
The Shepherds and the Angels
Jesus Is Named
Jesus Is Presented in the Temple
The Return to Nazareth
The Boy Jesus in the Temple
3 The Proclamation of John the Baptist
The Baptism of Jesus
The Ancestors of Jesus
4 The Temptation of Jesus
The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry
The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth
The Man with an Unclean Spirit
Healings at Simon's House
Jesus Preaches in the Synagogues
5 Jesus Calls the First Disciples
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
Jesus Calls Levi
The Question about Fasting
6 The Question about the Sabbath
The Man with a Withered Hand
Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles
Jesus Teaches and Heals
Blessings and Woes
Love for Enemies
Judging Others
A Tree and Its Fruit
The Two Foundations
7 Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant
Jesus Raises the Widow's Son at Nain
Messengers from John the Baptist
A Sinful Woman Forgiven
8 Some Women Accompany Jesus
The Parable of the Sower
The Purpose of the Parables
The Parable of the Sower Explained
A Lamp under a Jar
The True Kindred of Jesus
Jesus Calms a Storm
Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
9 The Mission of the Twelve
Herod's Perplexity
Feeding the Five Thousand
Peter's Declaration about Jesus
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
The Transfiguration
Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon
Jesus Again Foretells His Death
True Greatness
Another Exorcist
A Samaritan Village Refuses to Receive Jesus
Would-Be Followers of Jesus
10 The Mission of the Seventy
Woes to Unrepentant Cities
The Return of the Seventy
Jesus Rejoices
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Jesus Visits Martha and Mary
11 The Lord's Prayer
Perseverance in Prayer
Jesus and Beelzebul
The Return of the Unclean Spirit
True Blessedness
The Sign of Jonah
The Light of the Body
Jesus Denounces Pharisees and Lawyers
12 A Warning against Hypocrisy
Exhortation to Fearless Confession
The Parable of the Rich Fool
Do Not Worry
Watchful Slaves
The Faithful or the Unfaithful Slave
Jesus the Cause of Division
Interpreting the Time
Settling with Your Opponent
13 Repent or Perish
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
The Parable of the Yeast
The Narrow Door
The Lament over Jerusalem
14 Jesus Heals the Man with Dropsy
Humility and Hospitality
The Parable of the Great Dinner
The Cost of Discipleship
About Salt
15 The Parable of the Lost Sheep
The Parable of the Lost Coin
The Parable of the Prodigal and His Brother
16 The Parable of the Dishonest Manager
The Law and the Kingdom of God
The Rich Man and Lazarus
17 Some Sayings of Jesus
Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers
The Coming of the Kingdom
18 The Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Jesus Blesses Little Children
The Rich Ruler
A Third Time Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar Near Jericho
19 Jesus and Zacchaeus
The Parable of the Ten Pounds
Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
20 The Authority of Jesus Questioned
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
The Question about Paying Taxes
The Question about the Resurrection
The Question about David's Son
Jesus Denounces the Scribes
21 The Widow's Offering
The Destruction of the Temple Foretold
Signs and Persecutions
The Destruction of Jerusalem Foretold
The Coming of the Son of Man
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
Exhortation to Watch
22 The Plot to Kill Jesus
The Preparation of the Passover
The Institution of the Lord's Supper
The Dispute about Greatness
Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial
Purse, Bag, and Sword
Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
Peter Denies Jesus
The Mocking and Beating of Jesus
Jesus before the Council
23 Jesus before Pilate
Jesus before Herod
Jesus Sentenced to Death
The Crucifixion of Jesus
The Death of Jesus
The Burial of Jesus
24 The Resurrection of Jesus
The Walk to Emmaus
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
The Ascension of Jesus

Nova Vulgata - Latin
Biblia del Pueblo di Dio (BPD) - Spanish
Vulgata - Stuttgart 1969 - Latin
BÝblia Sagrada Ave-Maria (1957) - Portuguese
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CEI (1974) - Italian
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