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The Gospel of Luke
Levine, Amy-Jill and Ben Witherington III

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018 pp. x + 715. $39.99

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New Cambridge Bible Commentary


Description: This volume offers a comprehensive overview of one of the four New Testament gospels and brings a unique approach to the genre of Bible commentary. Featuring distinct Jewish and Christian voices in respectful conversation, Amy-Jill Levine and Ben Witherington, III methodologically break new ground in exploring why scholars disagree on questions of history (what actually happened, what is authorial invention, how do we address different versions of the same account), literature (what does this story tell us about Jesus and Peter, Mary Magdalene and Judas, among other characters), and theology (what can we say about resurrection and divine justice, or about Jesus as the Messiah). They show how Luke has been used to create both tragedy and hope, as well as to promote sexism, anti-semitism, and religious intolerance, thereby raising important questions regarding ethically responsible interpretation. This volume will be essential reading for theologians, clergy, and anyone interested in biblical studies and Jewish/Christian dialogue.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by Troy M. Troftgruben
Published 6/13/2019
Citation: Troy M. Troftgruben, review of Amy-Jill Levine and Ben Witherington III, The Gospel of Luke, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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