Luke Commentary Q & A with Author Darrell L. Bock


7 Questions on Luke in Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Series

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Darrell Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary’s Table Podcasts.

He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) for 2000–2001, is a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College and Chosen People Ministries. His articles appear in leading publications. He is often an expert for the media on New Testament issues. Dr. Bock has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas.

1. What previous research and/or personal interests led you to this project and helped prepare you to write this commentary on Luke?

I had done my dissertation work on the Use of the OT in Luke-Acts for Christology when I agreed to do this commentary. I had spent years in these two volumes already. There were very few excellent commentaries on both of these books written by the same author. I have always felt Luke was not sufficiently appreciated as a gospel. So this was an opportunity to address this.

2. Who is the intended audience for this commentary? Would it benefit pastors? professors? students? lay Christians in the local church?

Anyone interested in serious study of this gospel. Although there are many technical points, I tried to write about them in such a way that anyone interested in these issues could follow the conversation about them. It was aimed primarily at those who would teach, preach or lead bible studies on this gospel.

3. What is unique about this commentary? What contribution does it make to studies of Luke?

It is meticulous in how Luke compares to the other synoptic gospels. This extends down to all differences of wording. This actually lengthened the commentary by about one third. It also drew upon careful work on how the OT informed the message of the gospel and the understanding fo Jesus.

4. What section or passage of this commentary was particularly memorable to research and write? Why?

The central section of Luke comprises Luke 9-19. It is an enigma to many, yet is loaded with key teaching from Jesus, including many parables unique to Luke. Working through this section in detail and looking at how it fits together helps to open up the gospel and its overall message.

5. What personally edified you in writing this commentary, increasing your affections for Christ?

Well, Luke has more balance between activity and teaching than any other gospel. You see the character and values of Jesus and his ministry clearly in this gospel. To study it up close helps to round you out as a person who seeks to walk with God.

6. Besides your commentary, what are your top recommended books (commentaries or otherwise) on Luke?

There are fine commentaries by Joel Green [NICNT] and Howard Marshall on Luke [NIGTC]. They are very different. Green focuses on the narrative flow, while Marshall has many details about the Greek text. I have done a biblical theology on Luke-Acts that is a synthesis of much of what is seen in the gospel.

7. What is next for you? What project are you currently working on? How can people follow your work and ministry?

I am working on a commentary on Ephesians for the Tyndale Series for IVP which is being updated. I also am working on editing some books on Israel and her role in Scripture as a way of making sense of the Middle East. Finally I am at work on the Table podcasts the Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary produces. This look at issues of God and culture cover a full range of issues about how to apply our faith to life. For those see

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