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The Gospel of Luke contains many passages that are widely popular, including the Christmas story with the angels and shepherds, some of the best-loved parables, and scenes of Easter. For many readers, the narrative seems simple and appealing. Yet Luke also has a subversive dimension, and one of the major themes is reversal. The author seems to revel in stories where the high and mighty are moved to the periphery and those on the margin are brought to the centre. With that in mind, we’ll look at this gospel in three sections: the beginning, which tells of Jesus’s birth; the middle, which presents his message; and the end, which tells of his death and resurrection.