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FUNG, Benjamin W.W.; SPENCER, Aida B.  and  VILJOEN, Francois P.. Do the writing methodologies of Greco-Roman historians have an impact on Luke's writing order?. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2017, vol.73, n.3, pp.1-10. ISSN 2072-8050.

Luke in the preface of his Gospel says that he is going to write 'in an orderly account' (Lk 1:3). However, scholars have no consensus about the kind of order Luke is seeking. Many believe that Luke writes as a historian. Because Greco-Roman historians seem to have a practice to indicate in their prefaces the writing methodologies of their writings, this article aims to ascertain Luke's writing order through a comparison of Luke's two prefaces with those in the writings of the Greco-Roman historians. This article proposes that Luke most likely adopts the common writing methodologies of the Greco-Roman historians and writes in chronological order.

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