Recommended Books and Commentaries on the Gospel of Luke

MGVHoffman at CrossMarks

Here are some books and commentaries I recommend related to the Gospel of Luke. I have not read them all, but my suggestions here are based on my respect for the expertise of the authors and quality of their other works I have read. Further, these books reflect my particular interest in socio-rhetorical and narrative approaches to the gospels. I think they are the most helpful perspectives for understanding and subsequently teaching and preaching on the gospel texts. My suggestions are scholarly works, but they are not technical. They are intended for pastors and serious students of the Bible. (mgvhoffman)

This series assumes some knowledge of Greek, but it has features useful to anyone. Each section includes a "Literary Context," an outline, the "Main Idea," a translation that is graphical laid out to indicate the logic of the text, a section on "Structure and Literary Form," an exegetical outline, and then a verse by verse explanation of the text. David Garland has also done excellent work in Acts.

Some knowledge of Greek is helpful with this series. Joel Green deals with rhetorical and sociological factors as well as theological and pastoral ones. Gospel is approached as a wholistic, historical narrative.

The Sacra Pagina series reflects both critical study and theological awareness. Luke Timothy Johnson is a fine scholar, and he especially attends to literary matters looking at the gospel as a whole.

This book by David Tiede is knowledgeable and thorough yet accessible and pastoral.


Anchor Bible series > Scholarly and thorough. A good one to check when you need the most information, and Joseph Fitzmyer is a leading Lukan scholar. 2 volumes

I like this series of "Literary and Theological" commentaries. It is generally organized as a normal commentary, but material is covered in bigger sections to give more attention to the literary and theological aspects. Charles Talbert has written extensively on Luke and Acts.

This book by Joel Green is not a commentary (cf. his commentary above), but it provides a useful theological overview of Luke's gospel.

A very helpful resource for Luke and the Synoptics. It's organized by book:chapter:verse and describes significant social and cultural issues related to that verse or pericope. Key points are highlighted and linked to longer articles at the end of the book.

For more commentaries to consider, especially if you are looking either for something more technical that references the Greek more closely or something more pastoral or devotional, look at the suggestions at Best Commentaries on Luke.

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