St. Luke, also known as St Luke the Evangelist, (1st century AD – Feast day: 18th October) is the author of “The Gospel According to Luke”; the most recent book of the New Testament, and “The Acts of the Apostles”. Unfortunately, the information about him is very meagre. Based on the Pauline letters, Luke was considered a physician of a non-Jewish origin. He was probably a fellow worker of St. Paul the Apostle and his missionary companion.
This belief became part of the Christian tradition, though it was not a principal tradition and most scholars view it as unreliable. But the only certainty is what can be deduced from the two books he wrote:
First, the depth of his knowledge in the scriptures, especially the Septuagint.
Second, the extent of his skill in writing according to the familiar Hellenistic literary patterns of writing (in the historical narrative styles). His knowledge and the type of style he adopted are felt throughout the third canonical Gospel and “The Acts of the Apostles”.
However, when one looks at the subject of the Gospel according to Luke, one notices that all the information included in this book has also been contained in the Gospel of Mark and John but in a different chronological order. This could be explained by the fact that St. Luke relied heavily on the other three gospels due to the fact that he was not one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ.