Image via WikipediaONE - St Luke was born in Syria, and lived in a place called Antioch. Paul mentioned Luke in his writings, as 'my beloved physician'.
TWO - St Luke never met Jesus. It is stated in the Gospel that the described events in Luke's testament were never personally witnessed.
THREE - Luke spoke and wrote excellent Greek, and also probably conversed in Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus.
FOUR - It is possible to tell that St Luke was well educated, because of the broad range of vocabulary found in writings such as Luke's Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, parts of which are also attributed to the evangelist.
FIVE - St Luke is the patron saint of physicians and painters. A popular legend says the evangelist painted a number of images of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
SIX - According to tradition, the remains of St Luke were transported to Padua, in Italy, sometime in the 12th century.
These six commonly-known things about St Luke tend to rouse interest in ancient times, when travel, communications, everyday domestic comfort, education, worship, entertainment, and literacy were very different to the way we think of them now.
St Luke is often pictured in sacred art. Very often, the artists depicted the evangelist in the clothing of their own period, rather than that of the saint's era.
To find out about my own fascination for stories about St Luke, you might like to read another blog about this subject.