Luke addressed the books of Luke and Acts to Theophilus, but who is he?
THE RELIGION GUY’S ANSWER:
Theophilus is a very important person in the New Testament, yet we know next to nothing about him. If, that is, he was an actual person at all rather than some sort of symbol. The only information 1st Century history has to offer comes in the introductions to two biblical books:
* “It seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you have been informed . . .” (Luke 1:3-4)
This is the only one of the four Gospels with this sort of dedication.
* “In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach . . . ” (Acts 1:1).
These two mentions of Theophilus are a major reason for experts’ consensus that Luke and Acts are linked as volumes 1 and 2 and almost certainly the work of the same author, a view supported by similarities of style and thought.
Who was that writer?