Reading Luke: Interpretation, Reflection, Formation

Volume 6

Edited by Craig G. Bartholomew, Joel B. Green, and Anthony C. Thiselton
Published by Paternoster Press and Zondervan.

This is a very impressive addition to the increasingly influential series, Scripture and Hermeneutics. The sixteen high quality essays are a major contribution to scholarship on Luke-Acts. They offer fresh perspectives, especially on issues of method and interpretation. The essays are accessible to a wide readership, yet they are full of insights which will stimulate further reflection and research."

Graham Stanton, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge, UK

"The essays in this collection advance the theological conversation with the Gospel of Luke by taking narative seriously as the means by which Luke made meaning. The essayists seek to move forward in different ways, and in fatc the several examples of the give-and-take within the collection are among its attractive features. The exchange of views on the use of the third gospel in the second century represents literary sleuthing of the best sort. What all the contributors agree on is that contemporary making-meaning in conversation with this Gospel demands, not going behind the text in search of history, but remaining engaged with the story as it was crafted by Luke."

Luke Timothy Johnson, R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

"A magnificent achievement. So many chapters are mini-masterpieces, and the whole work enhances brilliantly our grasp of the interpretation and reception of the Gospel of Luke and Acts."

Gerald O'Collins, Professor of Systematic Theology, Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

Table of Contents


  • The Hermeneutical Dynamics of ‘Reading Luke’ as Interpretation, Reflection, and Formation.
    Anthony C. Thiselton


  • Learning Theological Interpretation from Luke.
    Joel B. Green
  • The Purpose of Luke-Acts: Israel’s Story in the Context of the Roman Empire.
    David Wenham
  • Preparing the Way of the Lord: Introducing and Interpreting Luke’s Narrative: A Response to David Wenham.
    F. Scott Spencer
  • Reading Luke’s Gospel as Ancient Hellenistic Narrative: Luke’s Narrative Plan of Israel’s Suffering Messiah as God’s Saving Plan for the World.
    David P. Moessner


  • Political and Eschatological Language in Luke.
    I. Howard Marshall
  • The Role of Money and Possessions in the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11–32): A Test Case.
    John Nolland
  • Reading Luke, Hearing Jesus, Understanding God: Reflection on Hermeneutical Issues in Response to John Nolland.
    Stephen I. Wright
  • A Critical Examination of David Bosch’s Missional Reading of Luke.
    Michael W. Goheen.


  • Luke and the Spirit: Renewing Theological Interpretation of Biblical Pneumatology.
    Max Turner
  • Kingdom and Church in Luke-Acts From Davidic Christology to Kingdom Ecclesiology.
    Scott W. Hahn 
  • A Canonical Approach to Interpreting Luke. The Journey Motif as a Hermeneutical Key.
    Charles H. H. Scobie
  • Prayer in/and the Drama of Redemption in Luke: Prayer and Exegetical Performance.
    Craig G. Bartholomew and Robby Holt


  • The Reception and Use of the Gospel of Luke to the Second Century.
    Francois Bovon.
  • Looking for Luke in the Second Century: A Dialogue with Francois Bovon
    Andrew Gregory 
  • Illuminating Luke: The Third Gospel as Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting.
    Heidi J. Hornik and Mikeal C. Parsons