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Luke (lûke), Colossians 4:14; called also Lucas, Philemon 1:24, A. V. A physician and distinguished companion of Paul, and writer of the third Gospel and the book of the Acts. The diction of these books in the New Testament, the gospel and the Acts, is such as to persuade some that he must have been a Jew. But Paul, writing to the Colossians, after mentioning all "of the circumcision" who had been a comfort unto him, adds the salutation of" Luke, the beloved physician." Colossians 4:10-14. The inference is that Luke was not a Jew. Luke is traditionally said to be a native of Antioch; this, however, has no better foundation than the confounding of him with that Lucius who is reckoned among the teachers at Antioch, Acts 13:1; from whom he must certainly be distinguished.


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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Luke'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/rpd/l/luke.html. 1893.

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