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Christianity TodayNumber 11 on the Top 25 Books of the Year list (1998)

Biblica
"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."

Expository Times
"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."

Stone-Campbell Journal
"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."

About the Author

Joel B. Green is professor of New Testament interpretation,associate dean for the Center of Advanced TheologicalStudies, and dean of the School of Theology at FullerTheological Seminary, Pasadena, California.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1020 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans; Sixth Impression edition (October 2, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802823157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802823151
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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By Matthew Gunia VINE VOICE on March 23, 2007
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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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`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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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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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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This is a great commentary of the Gospel of Luke. If you need to do exegesis on a passage, it has lots of material. Useful for writing sermons. Also very good if you just want to know more about Luke's theology. This is a scholarly work and as such is not a quick read. Be prepared to look up some terms you might not be familiar with.
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