In contrast to either Mark or Matthew, Luke’s gospel is clearly written more for a gentile audience. Luke is traditionally thought of as one of Paul’s traveling companions and it’s certainly the case that the author of Luke was from those Greek cities in which Paul had worked.
Who were the first readers of Luke?
Regarding the Jews, Luke emphasises the fact that Jesus and all his earliest followers were Jews, although by his time the majority of Christ-followers were gentiles; nevertheless, the Jews had rejected and killed the Messiah, and the Christian mission now lay with the gentiles.
What audience was the gospel written for?
The Gospel of Mark is anonymous. It was written in Greek for a gentile audience, probably in Rome, although Galilee, Antioch (third-largest city in the Roman Empire, located in northern Syria), and southern Syria have also been suggested.
Is Theophilus a Greek name?
Theophilus as a boy’s name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Theophilus is “loved by God”.
Who was the primary audience of Mark’s gospel?
Mark’s audience probably consisted of at least some Gentile converts to Christianity, but the bulk of them were more likely Jewish Christians who didn’t need to be educated in depth about Judaism.
What names did each gospel call Jesus?
- Logos (the Word)
- Son of God.
- Son of man.