Luke’s Gospel is a history lesson. It is written like history and Luke claims to be writing history.  He list 23 rulers by name, time and place, and almost countless places, and does it all without a single error. He is the only historian of the time to be so accurate.

The gospel was written before 66 A.D.  We know this because he references it in the Acts of the Apostles, so it was written before he wrote Acts. Acts ends with Paul in prison in Rome, but without mentioning his death, which occurred at the orders of Nero in 66-67 A.D. There is also a prediction by Jesus that the Temple would be destroyed, but there is no mention of it’s actual destruction, which occurred in 70 A.D.,  in either this Gospel or Acts.