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Westminster Bible Companion: Luke

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The Gospel of Luke is arguably the most recognizable and beloved of the Gospel writings. It contains familiar stories such as the birth of Christ, and the parables of the good Samaritan and the prodigal son. Its message about inclusivity and economic justice continue to empower many in their struggles for liberation. Luke is also noted for the prominence of women in its narrative. The general familiarity with Luke, however, may impede a true sense of what this Gospel is about as a whole. Thus, New Testament scholar Sharon Ringe offers readers a thorough introduction to and a critical reading of Luke. Readers will gain a renewed understanding of this Gospel in light of its whole message.

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  • Provides a thorough introduction to and a critical reading of Luke
  • Unfolds the various contexts and principles found in Scripture
  • Helps prepare pastors, students, and laity relay the Bible's teaching in a clear way
  • Births and Beginnings
  • A Time of Preparation
  • Preaching, Power, and Controversy: To Proclaim the Good News
  • Disciples Called in Power, Chosen in Conflict
  • Training for Apostles
  • Who Is This Man?
  • Tough Teachings for Daily Life
  • Dire Warnings
  • Holiness Redefined
  • Further Warnings and Teachings for Daily Life
  • Following Jesus
  • Ministry in Jerusalem
  • The Final Day: Supper, Judicial Process, and Execution
  • “To Make an End Is to Make a Beginning”: Stories of Resurrection

Top Highlights

“The incident set in the synagogue at Nazareth establishes the agenda of Jesus’ ministry in two ways. First, it provides the occasion for Luke to have Jesus give a biblical warrant for his own work (4:18–19). Second, the reactions of the congregation provide a way to introduce what Luke considers to be the basis for inappropriate responses to Jesus and his message.” (Page 66)

“The concerns here, however, like the retirement plan of the rich man, are concerns about future security” (Page 178)

“With the role of memory, however, the additional witnesses come into place. In fact, all who hear or read Luke’s Gospel join their ranks, for we also remember the words that give meaning and shape to the events to which we are to bear witness. We, the readers, become participants in the final chapter of Luke’s Gospel as part of ‘all the rest’ who can be helped to remember. Where the memories of our hearts fail us, and, like the apostles, we dismiss all this as a fantastic or ‘idle’ tale, the liturgical memory of the church perhaps can lead us over that bridge into God’s tomorrow.” (Page 285)

“In fact, the following story is told about a famous rabbi who lived around the time of Jesus. A Gentile challenged the rabbi that if he could recite the entire Torah or ‘Law’ while standing on one foot, the Gentile would convert to Judaism. The rabbi stood on one foot and said, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your mind, and with all your strength; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. That is the whole law. The rest is commentary.’ The rabbi then put his foot down, and his challenger was converted.” (Pages 156–157)

  • Title: Luke
  • Author: Sharon H. Ringe
  • Series: Westminster Bible Companion
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox
  • Print Publication Date: 1995
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 291
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. Luke › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:WBCS63LU
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-10-05T17:25:43Z

Sharon Ringe is a member of Rockville United Church and an ordained minister in the UCC. She specializes in the Gospels, feminist hermeneutics, post-colonial criticism, and Latino/a and Latin American liberation theology. While teaching at Wesley Theological Seminary since 1991, she has also served as an adjunct professor at Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana. Prior to this time, she was a Professor of New Testament at Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Assistant Pastor at Broadway UCC in New York City. a


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