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- Publisher: Eerdmans; Sixth Impression edition (October 2, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802823157
- ISBN-13: 978-0802823151
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The Gospel of Luke (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – October 2, 1997
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"This is a refreshing attempt to produce a new type of commentary, one that is synchronic rather than diachronic. It is well researched, carefully crafted, and eminently readable. It would function as a complement, a sometimes a corrective, to the traditional redaction critical commentary."
Church Times (U.K.)
"This is a commentary that maintains a constant freshness and sense of direction as issue succeeds to issue. It is one to use and to read, especially if you are interested to see how the Gospel of Luke fares in the light of the two fruitful questions: How does the narrative go? And how does it go as a Jewish-influenced Christian work of late first-century Graeco-Roman society, with its own ways of looking at the world, many of them fascinatingly different from our own, though intelligible, not least if we attend to books like this."
"This is among the best volumes in an impressive conservative commentary series on the Greek text and RSV translation. . . The author constantly throws new light on the text by being unusually sensitive to Old Testament echoes and to the evangelist's narrative strategies."
Internationale Zeitschriftenschau für Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete (IZBG)
"Green has given a great gift to NT scholarship. His book is a full-scale critical commentary characterized by substantial interaction with international scholarship. . . Green has written the state-of-the-art book on the Third Gospel."
Journal of Theological Studies
"This is a significant contribution to the study of Luke. The general concentration in more recent years on the theological message of Luke and the coherence of his two-volume work is to be welcomed, and it is important that full account should be taken of social attitudes and relationships in the ancient world in trying to assess the impact Luke intended the gospel to have. This commentary contains a wealth of material which subsequent students of the gospel will have to address and insights at many points for which they will be grateful."
Reviews in Religion & Theology (U.K.)
"This is an approach for which the Lukan scholar ought to be truly grateful, a timely contribution to studies of Luke-Acts that expounds the text in detail for what it claims to be, a narrative, and not an archeological tel."
"An outstanding contribution to Lukan scholarship. The methodology is a refreshing alternative to several more familiar approaches. . . This book will be warmly received by scholars. . . This is a fine reference tool that will well serve the preacher or teacher in the pursuit of literary connections and theological meaning."
The Bible Today
"This major new commentary on the Gospel of Luke is exceptionally fine. . . A thorough and finely balanced study of the context and message of Luke's Gospel."
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I find N.T. Wright's Luke for Everyone an ideal and rather practical companion to Green's commentary even though the analysis is often different in focus, the two can be used side by side in developing class material.
In virtually every one of Luke's chapters, Green has statements worth quoting directly.
Green's solid outline of Luke is also of great value. Having a good outline is undervalued - but it is invaluable to good narrative analysis.
Overall, I could not recommend another commentary above this one if you are a serious student of Luke and wish to communicate the essence of the message of this great gospel.
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. The linguistic and historical notes are easier to assimilate than Nolland's dense thickets of sources, and the commentary is more lucid and useful for pastoral interpretation.
The short course for those who prefer the classic Nolland and Fitzmyer approach can be found in Luke Timothy Johnson's offering in the `Sacra Pagina' series. This has the advantage of being written by someone who has also done a commentary on Acts in the same format. Johnson is always my second source, followed by Green's excellent volume.
My first source (first only because our church library has a copy of it) is R. Allan Culpepper's commentary in `The New Interpreter's Bible' (NIB). Like all commentary in the NIB, this may be the best presentation of hermeneutics for pastoral uses, but it is lighter than the others for detailed searches of Old Testament precursors and Hellenic and Hellenistic parallels. I have consulted other commentaries as well, but these four are the most useful, complete, and authoritative.
The single most important recommendation for Green is that more than once, he has provided a clear explanation of a passage in Luke which the other commentaries simply did not address or actually may have gotten wrong. I say `may' because so much of Biblical exegesis is simply common sense and good judgment based on a deep understanding of the whole text. And, there may simply be more than one interpretation of some pericopes, as with the most famous story of the Good Samaritan.
Green is also far better than Culpepper on laying out the overview of Luke the evangelist, although L. T. Johnson's book is equally good on this score.
Finally, Green not only provides insights in areas where others skip over or get wrong, he does it in a style which, while still scholarly, is far more readable and digestible than the excellent works by Fitzmyer and Johnson. I cannot recommend this as your ONLY commentary, but it is and excellent companion to use with either Fitzmyer or Johnson.