My Top Ten Resources on Luke-Acts

Here are my top ten volumes on Luke-Acts to put on your bookshelf or to assign to a class for a reading list.

Adams, Sean A., and Michael Pahl (eds.). Issues in Luke-Acts: Selected Essays. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias.
An excellent collection of essays on what is happening in Luke-Acts these days, covers genre, unity, christology, etc.

Longenecker, Bruce W. 2016. The Lost Letters of Pergamum: A Story from the New Testament World. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker.
A work of fictional genius. This book helps readers – esp. those with no biblical background – to enter the world of Luke-ActsAssign it to students.

Tannehill, Robert. 1986-90. The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts: A Literary Interpretation. 2 vols.; Minneapolis: Fortress.
A superb narrative-critical commentary on Luke-Acts. Tannehill deftly shows how the repetition of themes creates meaning.

Green, Joel B. 1997. The Gospel of Luke. NICNT; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
My favourite commentary on Luke.

Keener, Craig A. 2012–2014. Acts: An Exegetical Commentary. 4 vols.; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker.
This is more of an encyclopedia than a commentary, a hefty reference resource, but it leaves no stone unturned.

Bock, Darrell L. 2012. A Theology of Luke and Acts. BTNT; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
A terrific theology of Luke-Acts. Very readable and showcases a life-time of research by Bock.

Marshall, I. Howard. 1988. Luke – Historian and Theologian. 3rd ed.; Guernsey, UK: Paternoster.
An older volume, but a classic, and very good on Luke’s theology of salvation.

Rowe, Kavin C. 2011. World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age. Oxford: OUP.
A great volume on whether Luke is pro or anti-Rome, plus lots of good stuff too.

Johnson, Luke Timothy. 2011. Sharing Possessions: What Faith Demands. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
Sober volume by Johnson on the tricky problem of wealth and riches in Luke-Acts and what we should do.

Winter, Bruce., et al. 1993-96. The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
Not a single book, but a series of books on the historical context of Acts.

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