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  • Series: Sacra Pagina (Quality Paper) (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Glazier; Sacra Pagina edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814659667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814659663
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If [Matthew and Luke] are any indication, this series will become a classic. Both books are landmark commentaries.
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Luke Timothy Johnson is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

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It provides a clear and concise summary of the Gospel.
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I lead a weekly bible discussion group and I have found this series to be of immense help.
LexOrandi
The set up of this commentary is like the other volumes in this series.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Kearney VINE VOICE on November 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I first became aware of the Sacra Pagina commentary of Luke's Gospel when I was taking a course on Luke's Gospel at Boston College. From a student's point of view, the commentary was both insightful and chock full of details. In that same year, the gospel readings in the Roman Catholic Lectionary as well as the Common Lectionary were generally taken from Luke's Gospel, and I would sometimes read the commentaries prior to hearing the Gospel proclaimed in a church. From a spiritual point of view, the commentary also had much to offer.
The set up of this commentary is like the other volumes in this series. It begins with a general introduction to the Gospel of Luke as well as current research on this gospel. As far as the actual commentary is concerned, the gospel is divided into major sections and subsection. The sections are divided into the major plot lines of Luke's Gospel, e.g. the birth narratives, early ministry, journey to Jerusalem, etc. Each subsection begins with the scholar's translation of a short gospel passage, has notes about significant words and phrases in the lines that have been translated, and ends with an interpretation of the passage and how it relates to specific themes in the Gospel. Johnson, a noted Catholic scripture scholar and a respected authority on the Gospel of Luke includes ample material in the commentary. His scholarship is current, but also includes historical interpretations as well. While it is evident that Johnson's perspective is Catholic, his sources are not limited to Catholic scholars alone.
People who preach will more than likely found this commentary most useful. Since so many of Luke's stories are relatively well known, finding new interpretations that are authentic to the text can be challenging for anyone involved in preaching.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bahij Bawarshi on August 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, jointly called Luke-Acts, have long been recognized as the single work in two volumes of an author with a distinctive understanding of the origins of Christianity. Luke Timothy Johnson has written the commentaries on booth books for the Sacra Pagina series. He has treated them as a literary unity, and chosen the progression of the narrative as his interpretive tool, almost to the complete exclusion of historical-critical concerns. With rhetorical flair he can declare (p. 362), "We ask not about the facts of history but about the meaning of narrative." This approach to understanding particularly suits the study of Luke-Acts. Luke appears to have believed in the persuasive power of narrative, as evidenced by the Gospel prologue (proposing to present an "orderly account"). Not so evident is that Luke's literary art, used so successfuly to communicate his religious perceptions, stamps the whole composition. It has taken the efforts of scholars like Johnson, Robert Tannehill and Joel Green, among others, to bring it out, for which all interested readers should be grateful. The selective remarks below have to do with Luke-Acts as a whole. My review of Sacra Pagina Volume 5 is a brief recap.

Johnson has classified Luke-Acts as an apologetic work in the form of historical narrative--not in defence of Paul or of the Christian movement within the Roman Empire, as some have supposed, but of God's faithfulness to his promises and his people. The early chapters of Acts are crucial to Johnson's interpretation of the whole. He reads the perspective of Acts 1-7 back into the Gospel story and forward to the remainder of Acts. In the Lukan drama God acts in the world to form a "people after his name," and the offer is universal.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John Nordin on March 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
At one point Johnson writes: "... the reader who wants to understand how Luke constructs his overall story in order to accomplish certain religious goals." It's a good description of Johnson's approach: using literary analysis to call our attention to the flow and structure of Luke's argument.

Johnson certainly knows the literature; in this commentary he chooses to present arguments and conclusions without extensive reference to the literature. Not many footnotes. He is a serious scholar and does not lead people astray, but those seeking an in depth study may be slightly frustrated. It might be a better commentary for those who are new to in depth scholarship rather than to those wanting to study a particular passage in depth.

I also found myself frustrated at times that he seems to stop just when things are getting interesting. That is, the space needed to draw out and explain Luke's argument doesn't leave room for the reflection on theological and spiritual implications of the text that I would have valued coming from Johnson.

Still, while I have written negative sounding comments, this is a serious commentary by a prolific, respected author and worth attention.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By DecTommy@aol.com on March 2, 1998
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It provides a clear and concise summary of the Gospel. I am a deacon in the Catholic Church and I use it for both homily preparation and teaching. It uses plain english to present what many complicate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LexOrandi VINE VOICE on August 8, 2010
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Luke Timothy Johnson is an outstanding Catholic biblical scholar with an acknowledged expertise on the writings of Luke. I was introduced to this series when I took a graduate level course in the New Testament. The professor recommended this series as excellent New Testament reference books. I lead a weekly bible discussion group and I have found this series to be of immense help. I am able to review Luke line by line and receive the benefit of knowledgeable Catholic bible experts. I may not share the same views as the author on every passage but I can review his analysis and he also points me to other sources. If you needed one book as a guide to Luke this is it.
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