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The Gospel According to Luke
Volume I (1-9:50)
By Michael Wolter Edited by Wayne Coppins and Simon Gathercole Translated by Wayne Coppins and Christoph Heilig
In this fourth volume of the Baylor–Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity, Michael Wolter provides a detailed, verse-by-verse interpretation of the Third Evangelist. Wolter’s commentary fully complements the great tradition of “Handbooks of the New Testament” published by Mohr Siebeck. Replacing the third edition of Erich Klostermann’s commentary on Luke, Wolter’s volume rightly joins those by Conzelmann (Acts), Käsemann (Romans), and Lietzmann (1 Corinthians) in this venerable series.
Wolter’s approach to a sustained reading of Luke’s Gospel is comprehensive. He carefully places Luke’s narrative of Jesus in its cultural context, paying close attention to the relationship of the Gospel with its Jewish and Greco-Roman environment. Wolter performs form-critical and narrative analysis of the specific stories; however, Wolter also emphasizes Luke as a theologian and his Gospel as a work of theology.
Wolter recognizes how Luke’s narrative of Jesus forms the first part of a unified work—the Acts of Apostles being the second—that represents a new moment in Israel’s history. But in surprising new ways, Wolter makes clear that it is God alone who works in and through the words and deeds of Jesus to bring salvation to Israel. His commentary shows that Luke succeeds in preserving the history of Jesus and its theological impactand that this history stands on equal footing with the history of early Christianity. Wolter’s thorough, careful reading follows Luke as the Evangelist seeks to explain how the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises of God for Israel results in a parting of the ways between the Christian church on the one side and Judaism on the other. Scholars and students alike will benefit from access to new German scholarship now available to English-language audiences.
Author’s Preface to the English Edition
Author’s Preface to the German Edition
1.5-79 (80): “In the days of Herod, the King of Judea”
2.1-39 (40-52): “. . . when Quirinius ruled over Syria”
3.1-20: John the Forerunner
3.21–4.13: The Presentation of Jesus as Son of God
4.14-44: The Beginning in Galilee
5.1–6.49: The Proclamation of the Reign of God in the Jewish Land
7.1-50: In Capernaum and in Nain
8.1–9.50: The Preparation for the Journey to Jerusalem
"This incisive commentary on Luke 1:1–9:50 by the premier German scholar Michael Wolter offers a fresh, independent, and sometimes bold—but always fair and informed—interpretation of the Gospel of Luke. Wolter draws from his extensive knowledge of Jewish and Hellenistic literature and culture to inform the reading of Luke’s narrative. Readers will discover here a mine of information to enrich and deepen their understanding of this Gospel."
—John T. Carroll, Harriet Robertson Fitts Memorial Professor of New Testament, Union Presbyterian Seminary
"Professor Wolter has long been known on the international scholarly scene as a careful and insightful exegete. Readers/users of this new commentary on Luke will find here good reason for that reputation. Wolter’s care with the text and theological reflection offer much to anyone interested in a close reading of the Third Gospel."
—C. Kavin Rowe, Professor of New Testament, Duke University Divinity School
"The Gospel According to Luke is stimulating and full of fresh and striking insights. Wolter interprets Luke in its historical context, and his mastery of both Greco-Roman and Second Temple sources is evident throughout the commentary. Any serious work on Luke will need to interact with Wolter's contribution."
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Michael Wolter is Professor of New Testament at the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Bonn in Germany and Honorary Professor at the Theological Faculty at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. His book Paul - An Outline of His Theology is also available from Baylor University Press.
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The Gospel According to Luke - Volume I (1-9:50)
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