Let's read the Bible project
Hello! This is Yoshiki Tsukamoto, the Bible Study Director for ec16.
Here is the fourth column for our Bible reading written by Dr. Yamazaki-Ransam. Please refer to his blog as well!!
Again, don't forget the "Let's read Luke-Acts project"!
Readings for this week (11/20-26): Luke 22-24, Acts 1-4 or Luke 10-12
The Story of the Gospel narrated by Luke (4)
"The Book of the 'Word'"
A preface is sometimes vital to understanding a whole book. Usually in the preface, the author writes about the content and the purpose of the book. Let us observe the preface of Luke-Acts.
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for
you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1-4 [NIV])
In the preface, Luke does not mention anything about Jesus Christ. Since it is the beginning of the book of the Gospel, Jesus, who is the central theme of the story written for Theophilus, should be mentioned.
As we already learned from the column before, Luke and Acts are one story which consists of two parts. In that sense, Luke 1:1-4 is the preface not only for the Gospel according to Luke, but for the whole story of Luke-Acts. Then, what is the central theme for Luke-Acts?
I believe it is "the Word." In Greek, it is “logos”, which is translated as "the Word." This is a particular message, the Gospel. Of course, it includes not only Jesus' teachings and acts, but also how the Church proclaimed the Gospel as successors of Jesus. Luke-Acts is the book of the Word, the book of the Gospel.
☆If you want to learn more, go to Dr. Kazuhiko Yamazaki-Ransom's blog! (Japanese only)