Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
even as they were delivered unto us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the Word,
it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
that thou mightest know the certainty of those things wherein thou hast been instructed.
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the priestly course of Abijah; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
And they were both righteous before God, walking blameless in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord.