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Luke is a gospel of joy, amazement, and warmth. From the jubilant birth narrative and Magnificat at the beginning to the wonder of the ascension at the end, Luke offers a matchless portrait of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and those who followed him.

In the 36th volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series, New Testament scholar Mary H. Schertz helps readers inhabit the pages of the third gospel, replete with parables and paradoxes and ministries of mercy. In vibrant writing and with careful exegesis, Schertz invites readers to investigate for themselves the surprise, light, and awe of the kingdom of God, in which people find healing, the marginalized find welcome, and the poor find flourishing. Schertz traces the motifs of holy warrior and suffering servant that confronted every first-century Jew, including Jesus, and that still shape the church today. Through it all, Luke demonstrates both the cost of the kingdom and the exuberance of a life lived in loyalty to Jesus and the strength of the Spirit.

About the Believers Church Bible Commentary series

This readable commentary series is for all who seek more fully to understand the original message of Scripture and its meaning for today—Sunday school teachers, members of Bible study groups, students, pastors, and other seekers.

From the Series Forword







Pronunciation Guide
Series Foreword
Author’s Preface
Introduction to Luke
Turning to Find the Light
Kneeling to Fight
Holy War and Suffering Servant as Keys to Understanding Luke
The Way of Love
A Road Map to Luke
The Method of This Commentary

Part 1: The Birth Narratives, 1:1–2:52
Prologue, 1:1-4
  • Beginnings
  • We Can Do This!
The Births of the Cousins, 1:5–2:21
  • Strong Women
  • Type Scenes
  • Advent and Christmas
Two Temple Stories, 2:22-52
  • The Law
  • Initiation and Teens
Part 2: Ministry in Galilee, 3:1–9:50
John’s Ministry, 3:1-20
  • John’s Relationship with Herod
  • God’s Judgment as Good News
Jesus’ Ministry, 3:21–4:30
  • Baptism
  • Formation and Vocation
The Ministry Takes Shape, 4:31–6:16
  • Hebrew Bible Demonology
  • Demons, Evil, and Enemies
Instructions on a Level Place, 6:17-49
  • A Light to the Nations
  • Love of Enemies and Abuse in the Church
  • Living the Sermon with Joy and Generosity
The Ministry Continues, 7:1–8:3
  • Humility and Justice
  • Reframing Sexuality
Jesus as Teacher and Pastor, 8:4-56
  • Discipleship
  • Women in Ministry
Leadership Preparation, 9:1-50
  • A Theology of Abundance
  • Christian Education 
Part 3: Journey to Jerusalem, 9:51–19:44
Prophetic Discipleship, 9:51–12:48
  • Prayer
  • Self-Justification
Jesus Confronts Empire, 12:49–13:35
  • Jesus against Empire
  • Impatience and Patience
The Welcome Table of the Kingdom, 14:1–15:32
  • Eating in the Kingdom, 14:1-35
    • The Lame and the Blind
    • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Partying in the Kingdom, 15:1-32
    • Shepherds and Flocks
    • Loss
  • Money, Status, and Faith in the Kingdom, 16:1–18:30
    • Children
    • Wealth and Possessions
  • The End of the Journey, 18:31–19:44
    • Lament in the Bible
    • Lament in the Church 
Part 4: Crisis, Cross, Resurrection, Onward, 19:45–24:53
Teaching in the Temple Courts, 19:45–21:38
  • The Temple
  • Kingdom of God
The Meal, Prayer, and the Courtyard, 22:1-62
  • Holy War and Suffering Servant
  • Suffering and God’s Will
Tried, Condemned, Crucified—Alone, 22:63–23:56a
  • Dying to the Fear of Dying
  • Luke’s View of Atonement
Resurrection, Onward, Taking Leave, 23:56b–24:53
  • Suffering Love
  • Resurrection
Outline of Luke
  • Anti-Semitism in Luke
  • Apocalypticism and Eschatology: Jesus and the End of Time
  • Apostles, the Twelve, and the Disciples
  • Atonement: Luke’s Theology
  • Biblical Spirituality
  • Chiasm
  • Christology: How Luke Understands Jesus in Light   of the Old Testament
  • Empire
  • Foreshadowing
  • Inclusio
  • It Is Necessary
  • Literary Figures and the Author’s Intentions
  • Luke’s Relationship to Acts
  • Money and Possessions
  • Orthodoxy, Orthopraxy, and Orthopathy
  • Peace and Justice in Luke
  • Samaritans
  • The Son of Man / Son of Humanity
  • The Virgin Birth
  • Women in Luke and in the Church
Map of Palestine in New Testament Times
Selected Resources
Index of Ancient Sources
About the Author

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