A Curator’s Guide — An Exploration into Luke and Acts (Part 1)


This week, I’ll include the first half of a two-part installment of the books Luke and Acts. Each book will bring insight into the world of Luke, detailing Jesus’ life and ministry, as well as the birth of the first century church. Enjoy!


A. Works on Luke-Acts

Blomberg, Craig L. “The Law in Luke-Acts,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 22 (1984) 53-80. Biblical theological study by a leading NT scholar.

Bovon, Francois. Luke the Theologian: Thirty-Three Years of Research. Trans. Ken McKinney. PTMS 12. Allison Park, PA: Pickwick, 1987.

Cadbury, Henry J. The Making of Luke-Acts. 2d ed. London: SPCK, 1968. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1999.

Dollar, Harold E. A Biblical-Missiological Exploration of the Cross-Cultural Dimensions in Luke-Acts. San Francisco: Mellen Research University Press; Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1993.

Garrett, Susan R. The Demise of the Devil: Magic and the Demonic in Luke’s Writings. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1989.

Green, Joel B., and Michael C. McKeever. Luke-Acts and New Testament Historiography. IBR Bibliographies 8. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994.

Neyrey, Jerome H., ed. The Social World of Luke-Acts: Models for Interpretation. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1991.

Sheeley, Steven M. Narrative Asides in Luke-Acts. JSOTSup 72. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1992.

Shepherd, William H. The Narrative Function of the Holy Spirit as a Character in Luke-Acts. SBL Diss. 147. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1994.

Sterling, G. L. Historiography and Self-Definition: Josephus, Luke-Acts, and Apologetic Historiography. NovTSup 64. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1992.

Weatherly, Jon A. Jewish Responsibility for the Death of Jesus in Luke-Acts. JSNTSup 016. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1994.

B. General Works on Luke

1. Commentaries on Luke

Bock, Darrell L. Luke. IVP New Testament Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994.

Bock, Darrell L. The NIV Application Commentary: Luke. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996. Evangelical commentary including both exegesis and application sections for each passage.

Evans, Craig A. Luke. NIBC 3. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1990.

Fitzmyer, Joseph A. The Gospel according to Luke. 2 Vols. AB 28. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1981, 1985.

Gooding, David W. According to Luke: A New Exposition of the Third Gospel. Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987.

Johnson, Luke Timothy. The Gospel of Luke. Sacra Pagina 3. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.

Marshall, I. Howard. The Gospel of Luke: A Commentary on the Greek Text. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978.

Marshall, I. Howard. Luke: Historian and Theologian. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1971.

Nolland, John. Luke. 3 Vols. WBC 35. Dallas: Word, 1989, 1993, 1993.

Stein, Robert H. Luke. New American Commentary 24. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1992.

2. Online General Resources on Luke

Carrier, Richard. “Luke and Josephus.” 2000. Online: http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/lukeandjosephus.html.

Tabor, James D. “Color-Coded Luke.” In The Jewish Roman World of Jesus: Christian Origins and the New Testament. http://www.religiousstudies.uncc.edu/jdtabor/luke.html.

3. Studies in Luke

Goulder, Michael D. Luke: A New Paradigm. 2 Vols. JSNTSup 20. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1989.

Powell, Mark Allan. What Are They Saying about Luke? New York: Paulist Press, 1990.

Turner, M. M. B. “Jesus and the Spirit in Lucan Perspective,” Tyndale Bulletin 32 (1981):3-42. Argues that Jesus’ relationship with the Spirit in Luke is unique and supports his deity.

Turner, M. M. B. “The Spirit and the Power of Jesus’ Miracles in the Lucan Conception,” Novum Testamentum 33 (1991):124-52.

Turner, M. M. B. “The Spirit of Christ and Christology.” In Christ the Lord: Studies in Christology Presented to Donald Guthrie, ed. H. H. Rowdon, 168-90. Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 1982.

White, R. E. O. Luke’s Case for Christianity. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse, 1990, c. 1987.

4. Luke and the Old Testament

Blomberg, Craig L. “Midrash, Chiasmus, and the Outline of Luke’s Central Section,” in Gospel Perspectives III: Studies in Midrash and Historiography, ed. R. T. France and David Wenham (Sheffield, England: JSOT Press, 1983), 217-59.

Brodie, T. L. Luke the Literary Interpreter: Luke-Acts as a Systematic Rewriting and Updating of the Elijah and Elisha Narrative in 1 and 2 Kings. Ph.D. diss. Rome: Pontifical University of St. Thomas, 1987.

Evans, Craig A., and J. A. Sanders. Luke and Scripture: The Function of Sacred Tradition in Luke-Acts. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993.

Grogan, G. W. “The Light and the Stone: A Christological Study in Luke and Isaiah.” In Christ the Lord: Studies in Christology Presented to Donald Guthrie, ed. H. H. Rowdon, 151-67. Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 1982.

Kimball, Charles A. Jesus’ Exposition of the Old Testament in Luke’s Gospel. JSNTSup 94. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1994.

Larkin, William J. “Luke’s Use of the Old Testament as a Key to His Soteriology.” JETS 20 (1977) 325-35.

Larkin, William J. “The Old Testament Background of Luke 22:43-44.” New Testament Studies 25 (1978-79) 250-54.

Marshall, I. Howard. “Luke and His ‘Gospel.’” in Das Evangelium und die Evangelien, ed. P. Stuhlmacher, WUNT 28 (Tubingen: Mohr, 1983), 289-308. An important article on the purpose of Luke’s writings.

Strauss, Mark L. The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts: The Promise and Its Fulfillment in Lukan Christology. JSNTSup 110. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995.

C. Women in Luke

D’Angelo, M. R. “Women in Luke-Acts: A Redactional View.” JBL 109 (1990) 441-61.

Flanagan, N. M. “The Position of Women in the Writings of St. Luke.” Marianum 40 (1978) 288-304.

Karris, R. J. “Women and Discipleship in Luke.” CBQ 56 (1994) 1-20.

Kopas, J. “Jesus and Women: Luke’s Gospel.” Theology Today 43 (1986) 192-202.

Maly, E. H. “Women and the Gospel of Luke.” Bible Today 10 (1980) 99-104.

Reid, B. E. “Luke: The Gospel for Women?” Currents in Theology and Mission 21 (1994) 405-14.

Seim, T. K. The Double Message: Patterns of Gender in Luke-Acts. SNTW. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1994.

Via, E. J. “Women in the Gospel of Luke.” In Women in the World’s Religions: Past and Present, ed. U. King, 38-55. New York: Paragon, 1987.


3 thoughts on “A Curator’s Guide — An Exploration into Luke and Acts (Part 1)

  1. Gary

    Dr. Wallace:

    What is the current consensus position among NT scholars regarding the authorship of Luke and Acts?

    Luke the physician, companion of Paul?
    Another traveling companion of Paul?
    A non-eyewitness to either Jesus or Paul?



  2. Jørgen Sejergaard

    Dear professor Wallace!Thank your very much for your great work!

    My question: Should we consider Luke 22:19-20 and 22:43-44 authentic or not?

    Best wishes

    Jørgen Sejergaard


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