I just acquired F.W. Farrar, Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges, THE GOSPEL OF LUKE, the 1905 edition. In it he observes four points of importance in this brief preface of Luke (1:1-4) that is worth noting:
· It is the only personal introduction to any historic book in the Bible except Acts.
· It is written in a more polished and pure Greek than the rest of the Gospels.
· It shows that Divine Inspiration was not intended to supersede the exercise of human diligence and judgment. While Farrar does not fully explain this statement, it is my view that both work together, not against each other.
· It gives us the aim of Luke to write a more systematic and methodical history of the events of the life of Jesus.