Interpretation of the Gospel of Luke: From Apostolic Times Through the 19th Century

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This is the first detailed overview of Luke’s Gospel from the beginning up to the present day. It is a careful , lively presentation which situates Lukan scholarship within the main trends of biblical interpretation. It is based on the conviction that such an overview is particularly valuable in our time of such a variety of approaches and, in particular, that much can easily be lost of the valuable heritage of Lukan scholarship. While each generation can build upon the last, new interpretations are only solidly possible when we build on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.


“Few scholars would dare to—or be able to—accomplish what Professor Sean Kealy does in this extraordinary survey of scholarship on the Gospel of Luke, tracked from the dawn of the church to the present day. He notes that although Matthew seems to have been the most widely used gospel in the early centuries of the church, Luke’s account has had a tenacious grip on the Christian imagination and its bold theology still holds sway. Kealy’s wide-ranging and lively erudition enables him to track Lukan scholarship through the ages, including the current debate about the hegemony of critical biblical scholarship and the variety of new approaches demanding to be heard.” – Fr. Donald Senior, C.P., President and Professor of New Testament, Catholic Theological Union at Chicago

“Luke’s Gospel has been called the most beautiful book ever written, and has attracted many learned and perceptive interpreters through the centuries. It is astonishing to see how many ancient sources and modern scholarly books and articles on Luke that Sean Kealy has read and digested. Anyone doing serious research on this Gospel will want to consult his work. Reading through his encyclopedic collection is the equivalent of a full-scale course in the history of Christian theology. Biblical scholars and theologians alike are in his debt.” – Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., Professor of New Testament, Weston Jesuit School of Theology

“In over 1,000 pages, Kealy leads the reader on highways and over byways, from the Apostolic Fathers to the present day, through the myriads of understandings of the Third Gospel reflected in two millennia of Christian reading. For those who think they know the history of the interpretation of Luke’s Gospel, this volume is an eye opener.” – Charles H. Talbert, Distinguished Professor of Religion, Baylor University

Table of Contents

The Apostolic and Patristic Eras
The Fifth Century
The Early Middle Ages
Ninth Century
High and Late Middle Ages The Sixteenth Century
The Seventeenth Century
The Eighteenth Century
The Nineteenth Century

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