In this book, Andrew Arterbury seeks to read and expound upon the final form of the Gospel of Luke from both a literary and theological angle. To buttress both endeavors, Arterbury routinely asks how the first readers (or listeners) of Luke’s Gospel likely made sense of both the literary flow of the book as well as the theological convictions it espouses. To ask about the readers Luke first envisioned when he wrote this Gospel is to ask how late first-century Jewish and Gentile Christians, enmeshed in the cultures of the Mediterranean basin, likely responded to Luke’s Gospel—a vivid narrative about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God’s anointed Son, Savior, and prophet.
The literary artistry of the Gospel of Luke makes it an ideal text for careful literary analysis. Andrew Arterbury’s new book, Reading Luke: A Literary and Theological Commentary, offers precisely that— a perceptive and sensitive reading of Luke’s narrative, informed by strategic probes of the cultural environment in which Luke wrote. Arterbury provides a reliable guide to this Gospel and to the theological vision that comes to expression in Luke’s artful narrative.
Harriet Robertson Fitts Memorial Professor of New Testament
Union Presbyterian Seminary
Andrew Arterbury carefully yet succinctly walks us through Luke’s Gospel. Along the way he rightly keeps in mind the larger context of this Gospel and its intertextual relation to Israel’s earlier Scriptures.
—Craig S. Keener
F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies
Asbury Theological Seminary