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The Gospel of Luke

"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise"

Western civilisation has been shaped by the moral teachings, laws, culture, theology and even the language of The Bible.

This famous quotation can be seen as a maxim for peace and understanding amongst the human race. It has taken on a life beyond its religious origin in the teachings of Jesus, and is often used as a general moral template, appearing in many forms throughout literature and history.
The quotation appears in the Gospel of St Luke, one of the four accounts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Luke was the third amongst the other three evangelists Matthew, Mark and John, to write his version. Luke is believed to have been a follower of Paul, and to have used St Mark's Gospel as a source for his own account.

The Bible is an entire library of religious writing central to Christian and Jewish faiths. The Bible encompasses writings of all genres, from narrative to songs, poetry, letters and history. It is one of the most influential texts ever written.
The Christian Bible has two main sections, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The New Testament books were written by Christians in the first Century CE. The Old Testament is the original Hebrew Bible, the sacred scriptures of the Jewish faith, written over a much longer perod between about 1200 and 165 BCE.
The Hebrew Bible has 39 books, and charts the movements of the ancient nation of Israel. It was traditionally arranged in three sections, The Law, The Prophets and The Writings.

Our Expert Says...
Professor David Crystal

This is the famous 'golden rule', which turns up in many formulations in literature, and also in different languages. This particular formulation is not especially well phrased: the second part, in particular, is rhythmically awkward to modern ears, though such word orders were more usual in the sixteenth century. The emphasis on maleness also belongs to an earlier era. But the universality and eminent good sense of the assertion makes it a queen of quotations, to my mind, more commonly and memorably expressed as 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you'.

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