Joel B. Green is the author of the Luke volume in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.
It is considered one of the best Luke commentaries available today.
Green takes a literary approach to the Gospel in this commentary, so there is not as much information on history and other subjects.
Christianity Today listed Green’s volume as Number 11 on the Top 25 Books of the Year list in 1998.
The Bible Today’s review stated that “this major new commentary on the Gospel of Luke is exceptionally fine. . . A thorough and finely balanced study of the context and message of Luke’s Gospel.”
Please see Best Bible Commentaries’ interview with Joel Green on this volume.
Hardcover: 1020 pages
Publisher: Eerdmans; Sixth Impression edition (1997)
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Biblica: “This is a refreshing attempt to produce a new type of commentary, one that is synchronic rather than diachronic. It is well researched, carefully crafted, and eminently readable. It would function as a complement, a sometimes a corrective, to the traditional redaction critical commentary.”
Church Times (U.K.): “This is a commentary that maintains a constant freshness and sense of direction as issue succeeds to issue. It is one to use and to read, especially if you are interested to see how the Gospel of Luke fares in the light of the two fruitful questions: How does the narrative go? And how does it go as a Jewish-influenced Christian work of late first-century Graeco-Roman society, with its own ways of looking at the world, many of them fascinatingly different from our own, though intelligible, not least if we attend to books like this.”
Expository Times: “This is among the best volumes in an impressive conservative commentary series on the Greek text and RSV translation. . . The author constantly throws new light on the text by being unusually sensitive to Old Testament echoes and to the evangelist’s narrative strategies.”
Internationale Zeitschriftenschau für Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete (IZBG): “Green has given a great gift to NT scholarship. His book is a full-scale critical commentary characterized by substantial interaction with international scholarship. . . Green has written the state-of-the-art book on the Third Gospel.”
Journal of Theological Studies: “This is a significant contribution to the study of Luke. The general concentration in more recent years on the theological message of Luke and the coherence of his two-volume work is to be welcomed, and it is important that full account should be taken of social attitudes and relationships in the ancient world in trying to assess the impact Luke intended the gospel to have. This commentary contains a wealth of material which subsequent students of the gospel will have to address and insights at many points for which they will be grateful.”
Reviews in Religion & Theology (U.K.): “This is an approach for which the Lukan scholar ought to be truly grateful, a timely contribution to studies of Luke-Acts that expounds the text in detail for what it claims to be, a narrative, and not an archeological tel.”
Stone-Campbell Journal: “An outstanding contribution to Lukan scholarship. The methodology is a refreshing alternative to several more familiar approaches. . . This book will be warmly received by scholars. . . This is a fine reference tool that will well serve the preacher or teacher in the pursuit of literary connections and theological meaning.”
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“Faithful criticism” characterizes volumes in The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT).
Begun in the late 1940s by an international team of New Testament scholars, the NICNT series has been widely recognized by pastors, students, and scholars alike for its attention to the text of Scripture, its currency with contemporary scholarship, and its service to the global church.
The interpretive work reflected in these commentaries is based on careful study of the Greek text, but commentary readers need not be practiced in the biblical languages in order to benefit from them.
In the same way, NICNT volumes reflect serious work in technical areas — such as linguistics, textual criticism, and historical concerns — but the commentary itself focuses on understanding the text rather than navigating scholarly debates.
Readers can turn to the footnotes and excursuses for more specialized interaction with the Greek text and engagement with critical issues and literature.
Under the editorship of outstanding New Testament scholars — first Ned Stonehouse (Westminster Theological Seminary), then F. F. Bruce (University of Manchester, England) and Gordon D. Fee (Regent College, Canada), and now Joel B. Green (Fuller Theological Seminary) — the NICNT series has flourished.
In order to keep the commentary fresh and contemporary, NICNT volumes are revised and replaced as needed.
Newer volumes in the NICNT account for emergent emphases in biblical studies.
These include heightened attention to rhetorical features of New Testament texts, the cultural settings within which they were written, and their theological significance for God’s people.
In this way, the NICNT series endures as an accessible, authoritative guide to the biblical text.
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