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Gospel of Luke: A Commentary on the Greek Text (The New International Greek Testament Commentary) Hardcover – 1 Jun 1978

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  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Paternoster (1 Jun. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853641951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853641957
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 15.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,091,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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-- Southwestern Journal of Theology"The choice of Howard Marshall to write the volume on the Johannine Epistles is exceedingly fortunate. . . . There is good balance between the technical and the practical, thus making the commentary useful to both the scholar and the Bible preacher and teacher. . . . An outstanding commentary, probably the best available in English."-- Journal of Biblical Literature"A clear and well-organized commentary. . . . Marshall has provided a complete and up-to-date bibliography and has demonstrated his thorough acquaintance with all the various opinions of those current scholars of note who have worked in this area."-- Expository Times"An expert and readable treatment, characterized by exegetical skill and a thorough knowledge of the relevant literature. . . . An indispensable aid." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

I. Howard Marshall (1934-2015) was a world-renowned New Testament scholar and the author or editor of at least thirty-eight books and more than 120 essays and articles. He taught New Testament at the University of Aberdeen for thirty-five years and was a professor emeritus for sixteen years. Among his numerous publications on the New Testament are his commentaries on the Gospel of Luke, Acts, 1-2 Thessalonians, the Pastoral Epistles and 1 Peter and 1-3 John. He is coauthor ofExploring the New Testament: A Guide to the Letters and Revelation and coeditor of the New International Greek Testament Commentary series, as well as the author of the series' volume on Luke. He has also authored New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel. Marshall was an evangelical Methodist who was born and lived most of his life in Scotland. He received a PhD from the University of Aberdeen and a DD from Asbury Theological Seminary. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work on Luke. 3 Mar. 2008
By R. Jones - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am puzzled by the poor reviews this commentary is getting. The reviews follow the logic of giving a wrench a 2 star rating because it doesn't work with my philip screw. Not all commentaries are written for the same purpose. The title to this series makes it's purpose very clear. If you're looking for comments on the Greek Text this is for you.
If you're looking for a commentary that is easy to read and will give you sermon application material this is not for you.
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very technical, yet reliable commentary on Luke 3 Nov. 1999
By Dr. Marc Axelrod - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a great commentary, if you can make what for with all of the Greek in it. I love it. It was my favorite commentary on Luke for a long time. But it is long on exegesis and theology and short on practical stuff. And it doesn't have much of an introduction at all! Marshall's "Luke: Historian and Theologian should be purchased with this to compensate for a lack of an introduction. But the great thing about this commentary is how accurate Marshall is on his interpretations of the passages.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Resource 11 Sept. 2008
By Martin Parra - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This commentary provides a thorough analysis of the Greek text of the Gospel of Luke and is geared toward the serious reader of the New Testament who wants to understand the nuances and complexity of the Greek.
Enormously learned, detailed in its textual, literary, redaction and tradition criticism, Marshall displays his customary grasp of the full range of contemporary scholarship and does excellent work in putting forth
the various positions held by numerous scholars; but he nevertheless is pointedly dismissive of twentieth century liberal criticism. The vast majority of his insights prove reliable, helpful, and incisive, however, in a thoroughly conventional vein. These features, together with the orderly manner in which the material is presented, render the book a valuable contribution for the understanding of the Gospel of Luke. Furthermore, if you want to find consistently conservative views on the authorship, dating and textual integrity, then this is the place to go.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Technical But Worth It 17 Dec. 2010
By Dr. Terry W. Dorsett - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I do not consider myself to be a Greek scholar, but there are times when you have to dig deeper into the Greek text and this commentary is a huge help in that regard. I appreciated the way the book gave a history of the language as well as the historical context of the culture. Since language and culture often progress at different paces, it was helpful to see both in the same book.

This book is based on the UBS Greek New Testament, edited by Kurt Aland.

I appreciated Marshall's emphasis that the theory that Luke drew his material from the Q documents was improbable. I also appreciated his references to materials that were found with the Dead Sea scrolls.

This is not a book for casual readers, but important for those who want to dig deeper.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Details 27 Nov. 2010
By JEB in Austin - Published on
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Although this "book" represents great erudition on the author's part, is therefore full of valuable information, and thus cannot be avoided by anyone who wants to study the Greek text, it remains irritating nonetheless. It reads like a series of notes taken as the author reads the text, compiled and shelved for future reference or for some future book that the author may have had in mind but was yet to write. It is often therefore tedious to read, and, apart from the sequential presentation, it is simply a catalog of comments. It is also dated. Perhaps some of its limitations owe to the fact that it was the first in this series to be written, so that helpful conventions for the presentation of the subject matter in this context had not yet been established; R. T. France on Mark provides a much better model. But the author is also obsessed with issues of the day that now seem stale. Sentence after sentence lists theory after theory and interpretation after interpretation that appear to reflect little more than the indefatigable ingenuity of scholars' quest for university tenure. It is enough to make one wonder whether one should ever study the New Testament with anyone credentialed in an academic setting at all. Can professional scholars really have thought these things? Marshall's own approach has to do with where the bits and pieces of the text come from: Do they come from Q? Do they come from another of the synoptic gospels? Are they Lucan, are they Marcan? Are they altered from one of those texts as a prior literary source? Do they suggest another source? Are they invented out of whole cloth or based on some popular myth? Are they a rendering of Aramaic? Etc. Etc. This sort of thinking suggests traditional Germanic philology and source criticism: Things are felt to be explained if only one can come up with a precedent out of which they were somehow generated, especially a putatively written precedent such as Q, the existence of which to this day has yet to be proved. And often this tells us very little. So what if a sentence comes from the purely hypothetical Q? The real question is, What does it mean, What does it say? As for the discussion of the Greek, it is helpful, but most students will want to know much more about the Greek than Marshall offers. Difficult constructions are often glossed over or ignored; grammatical points and principles are intermittently addressed, but only as minutiae as the author rapidly scans the text with a magnifying glass. This book is the product of an author who knows very much, but is lost reveling in the details.
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