Luke wrote his Gospel to provide a trustworthy, historical record of Jesus Christ. Rev. Dr. Arthur A. Just wrote this original commentary and translation to provide a faithful, thorough examination of the Gospel. Just develops four central themes in Luke: Christology, sacramentology, ecclesiology, and eschatology. In addition to exploring what Luke’s narrative states, Just also asks how the narrative would have been appropriated by Luke’s first readers, and how it contributes to the church’s faith and worship today.
This commentary’s literary technique is based on a careful examination of the original Greek text. It reveals the intricate structure of Luke’s Gospel and how that structure contributes to its message. The commentary includes outlines of each pericope that facilitate preaching and teaching the text. At appropriate junctures, Just provides extensive discussions of vital themes in the text, such as Baptism in Luke-Acts; Luke’s prophet Christology; Jesus’ table fellowship, the Passover, and the Lord’s Supper; the Lukan Beatitudes; Luke’s travel narrative, in which Christ journeys to the cross and open tomb; and Luke’s use of the Old Testament to witness to Christ.
- Outlines for each pericope
- A historical narrative approach to the Gospel
- A survey of the typical “house-churches” of the early church
- Baptism in Luke-Acts
- Luke’s Prophet Christology
- The Lukan Beatitudes