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The Gospel According to Luke
Volume II (9:51–24)

By Michael Wolter Edited by Wayne Coppins and Simon Gathercole Translated by Wayne Coppins and Christoph Heilig

The Gospel According to Luke
Hardback, 674 pages $79.95
Published: 15th September 2017
ISBN: 9781481306690
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, All Theology, Biblical Theology

In this fifth volume of the Baylor–Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity series, Michael Wolter provides a detailed, verse-by-verse interpretation of the Third Evangelist’s Gospel (Luke 9:51--24). 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.

Centrally, 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 impact and 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.



1. Textual Tradition and Early Reception

2. Author, Date, and Provenance

3. Sources

4. The Lukan Story of Jesus as an Episodic Narrative

5. Intended Readers

6. The Theological Place of the Story of Jesus in Luke–Acts

9.51–18.34: The Journey to Jerusalem

9.51-56: An Inhospitable Samaritan Village

9.57-62: Consequences of Discipleship

10.1-16: The Commission of the Seventy-Two

10.17-24: The Return of the Seventy-Two

10.25-37: The Scribe and the Merciful Samaritan

10.38-42: Martha and Mary

11.1-13: On Prayer

11.1-4: The Prayer of the Disciples

11.5-13: Jesus’s Speech on Prayer

11.14-28: Jesus and the Evil Spirits

11.29-32: “This generation is an evil generation”

11.33-36: The Eye as Lamp of the Body

11.37-54: The Woes against the Pharisees and Scribes

12.1–13.9: Jesus and the Disciples in the Midst of a Huge Crowd

12.1-12: The Encouragement of the Disciples to Public Confession

12.13-21: On the Worthlessness of Earthly Riches

12.22-34: Do not Be Anxious but Seek the Kingdom of God

12.35-48: On the Watchfulness and Reliability of Service Personnel

12.49-53: Fire That Destroys Families

12.54-59: This Kairos as the Time of Decision

13.1-9: Last Call to Repentance

13.10-21: On the Sabbath in a Synagogue

13.10-17: Sabbath III

13.18-21: Two Parables on the Kingdom of God

13.22-35: Travelling to Jerusalem

13.22-30: Outside before the Narrow Door

13.31-35: Herod and Jerusalem

14.1-24: As a Guest at the House of a Leading Pharisee

14.1-6: Sabbath IV

14.7-11: “Whoever exalts himself will be lowered” and Vice Versa

14.12-14: The Nullification of the Principle of Symposial Reciprocity

14.15-24: The Parable of the Rejected Invitation

14.25–18.34: Somewhere on the Way

14.25-35: Conditions for Discipleship

15.1-32: The Controversy Dialogue over the Repentance of Tax Collectors and Sinners

15.1-3: Exposition

15.4-10: The Double Parable of the Lost Sheep andthe Lost Drachma

15.11-32: The Parable of the Prodigal Son

16.1-31: On Rightly Dealing with Money and Possessions

16.1-13: The Speech to the Disciples

16.14-31: The Speech to the Pharisees

17.1-10: Another Speech to the Disciples

17.11-21: The Thankful Samaritan and the Question of the Pharisees

17.11-19: The Thankful Samaritan

17.20-21: The Question of the Pharisees

17.22–18.8: When the Son of Man Comes

17.22-37: The Day of the Son of Man

18.1-8: The Parable of the Judge and the Widow

18.9-14: The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

18.15-17: The Children and the Kingdom of God

18.18-30: Riches and Discipleship

18.31-34: Jesus’s Second Announcement of the Passion and the Resurrection

18.35–19.46: The End of the Peregrination

18.35–19.28: Jericho

18.35-43: The Healing of a Blind Man before Jericho

19.1-10: Zacchaeus

19.11-28: The Parable of the Throne Claimant

19.29-46: The Entrance into Jerusalem

19.47–21.38: “And he was teaching daily in the temple”

19.47-48: Initial Frame

20.1-26: Jesus as Teacher of the Jewish People and His Opponents

20.1-8: The Questioning of Jesus’s Authority

20.9-19: The Parable of the Tenants of the Vineyard

20.20-26: The Question about the Tax for Caesar

20.27-40: The Question about the Resurrection of the Dead

20.41-44: Is the Messiah David’s Son?

20.45-47: Warning against the Scribes

21.1-4: The Gift of the Widow

21.5-36: Jesus’s Last Public Speech

21.37-38: Concluding Frame

22.1–24.52(53): Passion and Easter

22.1-6: The Prelude: The Agreement between Judas and Jesus’s Opponents

22.7-65: On the Day of Unleavened Bread

22.7-13: The Preparation for Passover

22.14-38: The Last Supper

22.14-20: Passover Meal, Breaking of Bread, and the New Covenant

22.21-23: The One Who Hands Over

22.24-30: On Serving and Ruling

22.31-34: The Announcement of the Denial

22.35-38: Coats to Swords!

22.39-53: On the Mount of Olives

22.39-46: Jesus Prays and the Disciples Sleep

22.47-53: The Handing Over

22.54-65: In the House of the High Priest

22.54-62: The Denial

22.63-65: Mocking

22.66–23.56: On the Next Day

22.66-71: Jesus before the Sanhedrin

23.1-25: Jesus before Pilate

23.1-5: Accusation and Trial

23.6-12: The Transfer to Herod Antipas

23.13-25: The Dispute over the Verdict

23.26-49: Crucifixion and Death

23.50-56: Burial and Preparation for the Anointing of the Dead

24.1-52(53): On the First Day of the New Week

24.1-12: The Empty Tomb

24.13-35: The Emmaus Disciples Encounter the Risen One

24.36-52(53): Jesus Appears to All the Disciples in Jerusalem


"Although assuming a serious level of exegetical knowledge on the part of the reader, Wolter’s exposition of Luke’s text is rich and highly satisfying. Without doubt this will remain a premier analysis of Luke’s gospel for a long time to come."

—Donald Senior, CP, The Bible Today

"The original German version of Michael Wolter’s magisterial commentary on Luke is already, rightly, a standard work on that gospel. The second volume here completes the English translation of the whole and will enable Wolter’s work to be accessed by a wider readership. Wolter is a master of his craft: the commentary is not afraid to strike out in new directions at times, but the interpretation is always meticulously argued and with a wealth of knowledge and expertise behind it. This translation represents a real boon to scholarship as Wolter’s work will remain an outstanding resource and reference work in all study of Luke’s gospel for many years to come."

—Christopher Tuckett, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Studies, University of Oxford

"It is wonderful to have Michael Wolter’s Handbuch commentary on Luke now available in English from Baylor University Press. The two volumes provide a trove of information on text-critical, grammatical, lexical, literary, historical, and theological issues in the text of Luke’s Gospel, and is a model of patient exegesis, insightful historical contextualization, and judicious interaction with other scholars."

—Margaret M. Mitchell, Shailer Mathews Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature, The University of Chicago

"Michael Wolter, a leading New Testament scholar in Germany, offers a fresh and careful reading of the Greek text of Luke in this commentary. He blends painstaking attention to detail with a superb eye for the structural patterns within the Third Gospel. His judicious selections of parallels from the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds enable readers to situate the text in its original cultural milieu. This English translation makes an exceptional work of scholarship widely available to English speakers."

—Gregory E. Sterling, Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament, Yale Divinity School

Michael Wolter is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Bonn in Germany.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 674 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL006220, REL006710, REL067000
 Baylor University Press

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