The Gospel According to Luke, written by James R. Edwards and published by Eerdmans, is one of the well written modern commentaries on this book of the Bible. The Gospel According to Luke is the most recent volume of the Pillar New Testament, edited by D.A. Carson, a series which is synonymous with superior scholarship and excellent exegesis, and this volume continues this legacy. Edwards is no stranger to studious commentaries series on scripture having written Pillar’s volume on The Gospel According to Mark in 2002.
The Gospel According to Luke begins with the typical study into the introductory matters of this book of the Bible, yet while introductions are common; this introduction is atypical of most commentaries. It is not that this work doesn’t dive into history and recent scholarship, which The Gospel According to Luke does a phenomenal job of; rather, it is the thoroughness that Edwards takes with these introductory matters which makes this commentary atypical. In a day where these matters are either glossed over to get to the exegesis of the text or are so cumbersome that they become useless, Edwards has found a good balance in being thorough, communicating depth and attention to recent scholarship, all without losing the forest in the trees.
In reference to the commentary on the text of this Gospel, Edwards takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while sprinkling practical application to the reader throughout the textual commentary. An example of this can be seen in Edwards’s interpretation and explanation of Luke 1-2, in which the narrative of the birth of Christ is told. Edwards writes at length about the Savior’s birth while showing the literary foreshadowing of his death and resurrection. His insights on this passage were extraordinary. The care he takes with the beginning of this Gospel continues for the breadth of it, making it one of the easier to understand scholarly commentaries on scripture.
With regard of recommending The Gospel According to Luke, to others I would wholeheartedly recommend this commentary to students of scripture, with one caveat. By this I mean I recommend this work to Pastors, Scholars, Bible Teachers, Bible College Students, and Seminary Students, there is enough scholarly weight to this text to understand a particularly issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text. The caveat is to the lay person who is looking for a commentary to read as a devotional, while a basic knowledge of Greek is not needed for understanding The Gospel According to Luke, it is helpful and would not be suitable for devotional reading. There are many commentaries about the Gospel of Luke available at this moment but Pillar’s New Testament commentary The Gospel According to Luke, is a step above the herd.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Eerdmans Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
The Gospel According to Luke: Pillar New Testament Commentary
© 2015 by James R. Edwards
Page Count: 859 Pages