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(while we await our Gospel of Luke Commentary, by Timothy Gray, to be published in 2015)


Dr. Peter Williamson's Review of Bringing the Gospel of Luke to Life:

This is the best Catholic commentary on Luke for personal study, spiritual reading and preaching presently available. It will benefit anyone desiring a solid Luke resource for Liturgical Year C.

Martin covers the whole of Luke verse by verse and approaches it as Sacred Scripture, the word of God in human language. His focus is "on what Luke's words meant when he wrote them, with an eye toward their meaning for readers today" (ix).
Martin aims to aid the lectio divina of his readers and includes the NAB text, his exposition, and a question for reflection every page or two. Martin brings a wealth of background knowledge and solid exegetical judgment to bear. According to Daniel Harrington's back cover endorsement: "Martin's expositions... interpret each Gospel in its first-century context, convey the best insights of modern scholars, and challenge readers to apply the text to their own lives."

Martin's focus is on what Luke tells us about Jesus rather than comparing the synoptic gospels or seeking to understand the sources that lie behind the Gospel.

About a hundred (!) sidebars provide interesting and concise information on cultural background, terms, biblical themes, locations, etc. Martin does not avoid addressing perplexities in the text and offers well-reasoned solutions, for instance, to the historical question of the census in Luke 2:2. Martin takes up complex questions in clear and simple language, providing well-reasoned analysis in an easy-to-understand manner.

I have used Martin's commentary as a textbook in courses on the Synoptic Gospels both at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and at the National Seminary in Beijing. Students in both places have preferred it over the other Luke commentaries I asked them to consult, although they've appreciated Brendan Byrne's "Hospitality of God" and LT Johnson's Luke in the Sacra Pagina series.

The only drawback to mention of Martin's book is its imposing length (nearly 700 pages) which might scare away some readers. However, the book's readability and good design (reasonably large print, white space, etc.) overcome that liability for anyone willing to give it a chance.
Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit

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