Unique Features of Luke

1. Birth narrative: Comparison to Matthew



Travel: Nazareth to Judea and back Travel: Born in Bethlem; flight to Egypt, then move to Nazareth
Shepherds Magi
Jesus born in a manger Jesus born at home
Gabriel announces birth to Mary Angel speaks to Joseph in a dream
Rulers: Caesar Augustus and Herod, Quirinius, governor of Syria Rulers: Herod
Jesus is savior, Christ the Lord Jesus is King of the Jews
Joseph is betrothed to Mary Joseph is Mary's husband
Mary is related to Elizabeth, John the Baptist's mother John's parents not mentioned
Jesus as a child From birth, switches to adulthood
Jesus and his parents are observant Jews, often in the Temple  
Jesus born of a divine-mortal union (Roman) Birth fulfills scripture (Hebrew)
Gospel begins and ends in the Temple Temple less prominent
Genealogy: back to Adam: Joseph related through Nathan Genealogy: back to Abraham: Joseph related to Solomon

2. The Prominence of Women in Luke's narrative: pairing women's stories with men's



Centurion's Servant: 7:2-10 Widow of Nain: 7:11-17
Good Samaritan: 10:29-37 Mary and Martha: 10:38-42
Man with the lost sheep: 15:3-7 Woman with the lost coin: 15:8-10
Man with Dropsy: 14:2-6 Crippled woman: 13:10-16
Pharisee and the tax collector: 18: 9-14 Widow and the unjust judge: 18: 1-8

3. Companionship in Luke: examples

Elizabeth and Zechariah

Mary and Joseph

Anna and Simeon

Herod and Herodias

Mary and Martha

James and John