Many people have already applied themselves to the task of compiling an account of the events that have been fulfilled among us.
They used what the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed down to us.
Now, after having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, I have also decided to write a carefully ordered account for you, most honorable Theophilus.
I want you to have confidence in the soundness of the instruction you have received.
During the rule of King Herod of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah. His wife Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron.
They were both righteous before God, blameless in their observance of all the Lord's commandments and regulations.