Luke the Evangelist

Luke the Evangelist (Latin: Lucas; Ancient Greek: Λουκᾶς, Loukâs; Hebrew: לוקאס, Lūqās; Aramaic: /ܠܘܩܐ לוקא, Lūqā') is one of the Four Evangelists—the four traditionally ascribed authors of the canonical gospels. The Early Church Fathers ascribed to him authorship of both the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, which would mean Luke contributed over a quarter of the text of the New Testament, more than any other author. Prominent figures in early Christianity such as Jerome and Eusebius later reaffirmed his authorship, although a lack of conclusive evidence as to the identity of the author of the works has led to discussion in scholarly circles, both secular and religious.


Luke the Evangelist
Miniature of Saint Luke from the Grandes Heures of Anne of Brittany (1503–1508) by Jean Bourdichon
Apostle, Evangelist
BornAntioch, Syria, Roman Empire
DiedUnknown (traditionally aged 84)
Thebes, Boeotia, Achaea, Roman Empire
Venerated inall Christian Churches that venerate Saints
Major shrinePadua, Italy
Feast18 October
AttributesEvangelist, Physician, a bishop, a book or a pen, a man accompanied by a winged ox/winged calf/ox, a man painting an icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a brush or a palette (referring to the tradition that he was a painter)
PatronageArtists, bachelors, physicians, surgeons, farmers, and others[1]
Luke of Antioch
OccupationChristian missionary, Artist, Physician and Historian
LanguageGreek
GenreActs
Notable worksGospel of Luke and Acts

The New Testament mentions Luke briefly a few times, and the Pauline Epistle to the Colossians[Col 4:14] refers to him as a physician (from Greek for 'one who heals'); thus he is thought to have been both a physician and a disciple of Paul. Since the early years of the faith, Christians have regarded him as a saint. He is believed to have been a martyr, reportedly having been hanged from an olive tree, though some believe otherwise.[lower-alpha 1]

The Catholic Church and other major denominations venerate him as Saint Luke the Evangelist and as a patron saint of artists, physicians, bachelors, surgeons, students and butchers; his feast day is 18 October.[2]

Luke the Evangelist is remembered in the Church of England with a Festival on 18 October.[3]