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We have four Gospels. Each tells the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus in different ways, targeting different audiences, with different purposes.

In this conversation, I asked Benjamin Gladd—associate professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, and author of the new book The Story Retold: A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament—to walk listeners through the book of Luke, looking for the larger biblical themes Luke seems most concerned to impress on his readers. The kingdom of God is a focus of each of the Gospels, but Gladd suggests that Luke is most concerned with how a person gets into the kingdom: through faith in Christ. In addition, Gladd highlights the themes of the nations and Gentiles; Jesus as the obedient son; his journey narrative as a second exodus; the temple; and paradise—suggesting that at the resurrection of Jesus, heaven itself changed.

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