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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Ser. II, Vol. III:
Jerome and Gennadius. Lives of Illustrious Men.: Luke, the evangelist.

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Chapter VII.

Luke 2366 a physician of Antioch, as his writings indicate, was not unskilled in the Greek language. An adherent of the apostle Paul, and companion of all his journeying, he wrote a Gospel, concerning which the same Paul says, “We send with him a brother whose praise in the gospel is among all the churches” 2367 and to the Colossians “Luke the beloved physician salutes you,” 2368 and to Timothy “Luke only is with me.” 2369 He also wrote another excellent volume to which he prefixed the title Acts of the Apostles, a history which extends to the second year of Paul’s sojourn at Rome, that is to the fourth 2370 year of Nero, from which we learn that the book was composed in that same city. Therefore the Acts of Paul and Thecla 2371 and all the fable about the lion baptized by him we reckon among the apocryphal writings, 2372 for how is it possible that the inseparable companion of the apostle in his other affairs, alone should have been ignorant of this thing. Moreover Tertullian who lived near those times, mentions a certain presbyter in Asia, an adherent of the apostle Paul, 2373 who was convicted by John of having been the author of the book, p. 364 and who, confessing that he did this for love of Paul, resigned his office of presbyter. Some suppose that whenever Paul in his epistle says “according to my gospel” he means the book of Luke and that Luke not only was taught the gospel history by the apostle Paul who was not with the Lord in the flesh, but also by other apostles. This he too at the beginning of his work declares, saying “Even as they delivered unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word.” So he wrote the gospel as he had heard it, but composed the Acts of the apostles as he himself had seen. He was buried at Constantinople to which city, in the twentieth year of Constantius, his bones together with the remains of Andrew the apostle were transferred.



Died 83–4?


we sendchurches 2 Cor. 8. 18


Lukesalutes you Col. 4. 14


Lukewith me 2 Tim. 4. 11


fourthA T H 25 30 31 Val. etc.; fourteenth. Her. Sigbert. S. Crucis.


Acts of Paul and Thecla (Acts = Journeyings) Cf. Acts of Paul and Thecla, tr. in Ante Nic. Fath. v. 8 pp. 487–92.


apocryphal writings A H 31 e a Bamb Norimb. Val. etc.; apocrypha Her. T 25 30.


apostle Paul A H e a etc. Val; omit Paul T 25 30 31 Her.

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