The Gospel of Luke
This book appears in the following featured collections.
- Favorite Advanced Commentaries (NT) by Jeremy Pierce (parableman)
- Best Exegetical Commentaries by Jim Rosscup
- Commentaries I use for sermon prep by Eric Nygren
- Building a Commentary Library - New Testament by Invitation to Biblical Interpretation
- New Testament Commentaries & Monographs by Princeton Theological Seminary
It is hard to believe that I am including this volume as a “classic,” but the fact is that it is already 34 years old! The commentary has very little introduction, Marshall simply tells the reader to read his Luke: Historian and Theologian (which was one of the first books I read on Luke and Acts when I was a undergraduate student). Marshall assumes that Luke used Mark although there is more skepticism for Q. In the body of the commentary he assumes Q’s existence frequently. Since this is a Greek text commentary, Greek words are given without transliteration. Marshall tends to be more interested in lexical matters than syntax. All sources are cited in-text (there is not a single footnote in the book), making for difficult reading at times. Marshall frequently makes used of rabbinic sources to illustrate the text, something which I appreciate although I wonder about the dating of the citations.
The NIGTC series is meant for scholars or for those with a significant grasp of Greek. While the experts commend this commentary, they do so with the caveat that it is dense and difficult, not only because of the use of Greek but also because the notes are incorporated right into the flow of the text. Keith Mathison says “Despite this very poor editorial choice, there is still a wealth of helpful material here for those willing to dig and use discernment.” [Full Review]
Apparently in an attempt to make this commentary even more difficult to read than a NIGTC commentary normally is, the author incorporated all of his technical notes into the body of the text rather than using footnotes. Despite this very poor editorial choice, there is still a wealth of helpful material here for those willing to dig and use discernment. [Full Review]