Excerpt from A Commentary on the New Testament, Vol. 2: Luke, John
This Gospel is frequently referred to by the apostolical fathers, and at tributed to Luke. Many of the ancients regarded it as substantially the Gospel preached by Paul. Thus Irenaeus says, Luke, the companion of Paul, put down in a book the gospel preached by him. And Origen describes it as the gospel commended by Paul. Indeed, it was generally allowed to have canonical and apostolical authority, though not actually written by an apostle.
By some, this Gospel is supposed to have been written as early as A. D. 53; by others, as late as A. D. 64. It was evidently written during the life of Paul for no account of his death is given in the Acts of the Apos tles, and this Gospel had been previously written. See Acts i. 1 xxviii. 3t 31. This is as near an approximation to the true date as can easily te made from existing materials.
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