The Gospel of Luke


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Cambridge University Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 1.7 inches | 2.25 pounds

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About the Author

Amy-Jill Levine, the author of numerous acclaimed books, is Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford Seminary and University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies Emerita as well as Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies Emerita at Vanderbilt. She has cowritten many children's books with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, including A Very Big Problem, Who Is My Neighbor?, The Marvelous Mustard Seed, and Who Counts?

Ben Witherington, III is Amos Professor of the New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky and Emeritus doctoral faculty at St Andrews University, Scotland. A prolific author, he has written more than forty books and six commentaries, most recently Luke, with Amy-Jo Levine.


'This volume takes an interesting tack. Levine (Vanderbilt Univ.) and Witherington (Asbury Theological Seminary) stand at nearly polar opposites on the theological spectrum. The former is a Jewish feminist agnostic, whereas the latter is an evangelical Methodist. Both authors are noted scholars with rich background in the New Testament. Their collaboration provides a rich dialectic between a 'liberal' and a 'conservative.' Their aim is not to retrace the ground traditionally covered by NT commentaries - authorship, date, and so on - but rather to delve into the text for the benefit of scholars, pastors, and interested laypersons ... The commentary is accessible throughout, and the authors demonstrate their awareness of pertinent extra-biblical works that shed light on the text.' Choice
'Amy-Jill Levine and Ben Witherington, III have written a unique commentary on Luke - the one I'll turn to first for the foreseeable future. The first major commentary [co-written] by a Jew and a Christian, it is thorough and engaging. The authors clearly explain their positions while engaging alternative perspectives, never losing sight of the theological implications of their work.' Greg Carey, The Christian Century
'In this volume, they join in what seems an unprecedented work of collaboration: an exegetical and theological commentary on a New Testament gospel by a Jewish feminist and a Methodist evangelical. While this alone makes it worth consulting, the commentary's value stands apart from the authors' legacies as an excellent work of careful exegesis, informed interpretation, and constructive interreligious dialogue.' Review of Biblical Literature
'... L[evine] and W[itherington] have gifted us with a magnificent work that will stand as a hallmark of Lucan scholarship for some time to come.' Gary Gilbert, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly