Shelf Life Book Review: Luke

Jeffrey E. Miller

Brazos Press, 2012

David Lyle Jeffrey begins his preface by saying, “This is not a form-critical or closely argued philological commentary for the professional biblical scholar.” His research across church history, however, shows us how early—and not so early—Christians read Luke’s Gospel. To do this, he cites and interacts with art and ancient sources—both religious and secular.

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Those accustomed to technical commentaries will find Jeffrey’s long, unbroken narratives refreshing. Whole Bible passages are not provided in the book, though pertinent verses are quoted in the commentary. Jeffrey uses footnotes sparingly, and the volume contains a helpful subject and Scripture index.

Jeffrey’s bibliography of “frequently cited” works contains both modern scholarship and ancient, writings from medieval times and from the Reformation. The combination provides a bird’s-eye view of the historical understanding of Luke.

Those who are interested in the church fathers will find this resource helpful. Pastors will find a treasury of ready-made quotations and illustrations from church history already connected to appropriate passages of Scripture.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 5 No. 4