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  • Hardcover: 1020 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (October 2, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802823157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802823151
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel B. Green is Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary.

Prior to his appointment at Fuller Seminary in 2007, Dr. Green was Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky (1997-2007), where he also held administrative positions first as Dean of the School of Theology and then as Vice President of Academic Affairs / Provost. He has served on the faculties of the American Baptist Seminary of the West and Graduate Theological Union, and New College Berkeley, Berkeley, California, a graduate school of Christian and interdisciplinary studies for the whole people of God.

He is the editor of the New International Commentary on the New Testament, co-editor of the Two Horizons New Testament Commentary, and editor of the Journal of Theological Interpretation.

Dr. Green has served churches in Texas, Scotland, and California, and presently serves as Teaching Pastor of La Canada United Methodist Church, La Canada, California.

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If you get multiple commentaries, make sure this is one.
S. J. Young
I really appreciate his section in the introduction on How to Interpret Luke, as well as his attention to interpreting narrative in general.
James D. Dvorak
If you are a pastor or bible student and need a commentary to anchor your study, this is the best of the best.
Russell Gaulke

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gunia VINE VOICE on March 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Joel Green, a professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, writes this commentary from a Methodist perspective. His commentary resembles narrative-criticism. That is to say, Green does not necessarily concern himself with a critique of the textual evidence, nor does he examine the "sources behind the text," nor does he speculate about any "Lukan Community," he doesn't even address whether the events contained in Luke actually happened. Instead he gives a scholarly analysis of Luke by treating it as a purposefully written, carefully constructed, unified narrative account. The resulting commentary shows Luke's portrayal of Jesus as the perfectly obedient Messiah who breaks social barriers, blesses the unlovable, and irrevocably/violently divides all peoples.

In so doing, he does a masterful job of showing Luke's major themes (leitmotifs) manifesting themselves throughout Luke and shows how Luke carefully constructs his narrative for maximum effect. While he makes a strong argument that Luke and Acts (both written by Luke) were always intended to be read in light of one another, he makes few connections with other New Testament books. The result is that Green allows Luke to speak for himself; no attempt is made to matrix Luke with Paul, John, Matthew, etc. However, Green does contextualize Luke as he critiques it from both the perspective of Roman society and from the perspective of Second Temple Judaism. During the many meal scenes Luke relates, Green shows how they parallel Roman symposium meals. He also pays close attention to the dominant Roman social network of benefactors and vessels. Each of these examinations draws out meanings in Luke that are normally lost when read through 21st century Western eyes.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 16, 2007
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`The Gospel of Luke' by Joel B. Green in `The New International Commentary on the New Testament' is a major surprise and a welcome relief to anyone who is really trying to make sense of Luke's verses in the course of a serious Bible study class. The surprise is based on my experience that several other titles in this series appear to be works by young beginners, fresh out of Divinity school. Many are literally a reworking of these graduates' Doctoral dissertations. This means the scholarship will be fresh and accurate, but the exegesis and hermeneutics may be just a bit raw, as I found in William Lane's commentary on the Gospel of Mark. On the other hand, there are titles in this series by `old hands' such as Douglas Moo's commentary on Romans. So, as with every major series of commentary volumes, you have to take each author and volume on their own merits.
This is the sixth Luke Commentary I have consulted, and it is unlike almost all the others in a way which is good news for the lay reader or pastoral interpreter. At one end of the spectrum is the three volume work by John Nolland in the `Word Biblical Commentary' series. While I have often found things in books from this series which were nowhere else, the format is dense to the point of distraction. This series is explicitly for scholars who need a survey of everything which has ever been written on a particular book of scripture.
Similar, but somewhat better for the lay or pastoral reader is Joseph Fitzmyer's two volume commentary in `The Anchor Bible' series. The word I get from seminary professors on this series is that it is quite uneven. But, the writers of all the other sources I consulted unanimously agree that Fitzmyer's commentary is THE authority for sound exegesis.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By James D. Dvorak on December 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Contrary to another review, this book is not the least bit uneven. When the editors/publisher of this series decided to revise several of the commentaries within it, I was so glad to hear that J. B. Green was authoring the volume on Luke.
I have read many articles and dictionary entries by Dr. Green on Luke-Acts and interpretation in general. They are all fantastic. This commentary is no exception. I really appreciate his section in the introduction on How to Interpret Luke, as well as his attention to interpreting narrative in general. He is very articulate, even on the difficult passages of Luke.
This fresh commentary on Luke is a must buy!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Russell Gaulke on January 21, 2006
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I am currently preaching through the Gospel Acccoding to Luke. While there are many excellent commentaries available, I consistently find that Green's literary criticism leads me in the direction of getting to the heart of Luke's message. If you are a pastor or bible student and need a commentary to anchor your study, this is the best of the best.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John D. White on February 6, 2004
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Green's commentary on Luke's Gospel provides a model for the biblical commentator. Thorough, well written, orthodox, evangelical--and marvelously helpful for the pastor who faces Sunday constantly--wanting and needing something worthwhile to say, Green's commentary is a helpful ally. Green's commentary here is among the best on Luke's gospel, if not the best. As a pastor who has almost every commentary on Luke's gospel written in the last several years, Green's is by far among the cream of the crop. If you have a limited budget and can only purchase one book on Luke's gospel, this is the one to purchase for your library.
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