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St. Paul's "beloved physician," St. Luke, was probably born in Antioch and many have been one of the first members of the Christian community there. He was well-educated and is thought to have travelled in Greece and Egypt to improve his store of knowledge. Whether he was a pagan or a Jew is a matter of dispute. His proficiency in Greek suggests that he was a Gentile, but his knowledge of the Old Testament suggests that he was a Jew. He met Paul in Troas and accompanied him on his second missionary journey. Luke joined him on his third mission and attended him during his imprisonment in Rome. Luke is believed to have written Acts in Rome, although some say he composed both his gospel and Acts after the Jewish revolt (66-73). Luke is supposed to have painted seven portraits of Mary, the Theotokos. He died at the age of 84. Some say that he was martyred, while others say that he died peacefully at Boeothia, Greece.
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