Luke | Lukas | Apostle | Evangelist

● Remembrance Day orthodox/Catholic: 18 October
● Name means: originating from Lucania (Greek – Latin.)
● Apostle, Evangelist
● Patron: doctors, surgeons, sick, artists, goldsmiths, glass painters, sculptors,
embroiderers, bookbinders, notaries and butchers; Christian art; cattle and weather
● Attributes: Taurus, for Luke most intimately indicates the sacrificial death of Christ;
Image of mary, medical devices
● Born in Antioch, today Antakya, Turkey
● Died around 80 in Thebes, today Thiva, Greece or in Bithynia, Turkey or in the Achaia
Luke probably came from Antioch, was a Pagan Christian and, according to tradition, a doctor by
profession (Colossians 4:14) – in the 2nd century he is also called a lawyer; he lived in Boeotia,
the land around Thebes – today’s Thiva in Greece. Nothing is known about his conversion to
Christianity. Luke therefore joined Paul in (Alexandria) Troas – today ruins at Dalyan – and
accompanied him as a companion and faithful friend on his second and third journeys, on the
journey to Rome and during captivity there (Phlilemon 24; 2 Timothy 4:11). Since the 2nd
century, this Luke has been regarded as the author of the Gospel of the same name and as the
author of the Acts of the Apostles, as was the case with Irenaeus of Lyon. Today, the years
between 70 and 80 are generally regarded as their time of origin.