Because many have undertaken to draw up a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us,
even as they delivered them to us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,
it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first, to write to you in order, most excellent Theophilus;
that you might know the certainty concerning the things in which you were instructed.
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Yehudah, a certain Kohen named Zekharyah, of the priestly division of Aviyah. He had a wife of the daughters of Aharon, and her name was Elisheva.
They were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the mitzvot and ordinances of the Lord.
But they had no child, because Elisheva was barren, and they both were well advanced in years.
Now it happened, while he executed the Kohen's office before God in the order of his division,
according to the custom of the Kohen's office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.