16 Best Luke Commentaries You Must Read First

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1) Luke (The NIV Application Commentary)


Luke (The NIV Application Commentary)
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Darrell L. Bock, Ph.D., – research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary – shares perspectives on Luke that show ageless truths for our modern lives in this NIV Application Commentary. NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications. This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.


2) Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Volume 10. Luke-Acts. Revised Edition



The Expositor’s Bible Commentary is one of the most-recognized standards of expository commentaries. Written by dozens of scholars/preachers, it is regarded as an inter-denominational exposition and a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures. Providing pastors and Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of their message, this work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide. Each book of the series has an exposition, introduction, outline, and bibliography.  Tremper Longman III and David E. Garland write volume 10 on Luke-Acts.


3) Luke for Everyone (New Testament for Everyone)



With his trademark clear and concise style, Tom Wright writes Luke for Everyone for the New Testament for Everyone series.  This 18 volume series offers guides to all the books of the New Testament.  The entire series showcases Wright’s own translation and features a highly readable discussion, useful explanation and interpretation, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today.


4) Luke


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The 26 volume Crossway Classic Commentary Collection (edited by Alister McGrath and J. I. Packer) draws from the wisdom of church history.  The series encourages readers to listen to important voices of the past in order to discern how God might be speaking in the present.  Hence, the books in this collection convey the words and thoughts of the original authors, but share them in an understandable, modern fashion.  The Luke volume is a solid and understandable read.

5) Luke 1:1-9:50 (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)


The 18 volume, highly accessible Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series is known for its thoughtful scholarship for studying pastors and its readability for lay people. Authors include a wide variety of scholars from differing theological persuasions who investigate a variety of viewpoints. Each volume contains the original Greek words as well as the corresponding transliterated and translated phrases.  Dr. Darrell L. Bock – research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary – writes Luke 1:1-9:50 for the series.

6) Luke: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary)


Robert H. Stein writes Luke: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture for The New American Commentary. Highly regarded as a go-to for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound their understanding of the Scriptures, this series is readable and scholarly simultaneously. Key features include: commentary based on the new international version, sound scholarly methodology that reflects research in the original languages, NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book, and readable and applicable exposition.


7) The Gospel According to Luke: An Introduction and Commentary



A prolific author, Leon Morris was one of the leading evangelical New Testament scholars of the twentieth century and served as principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He wrote The Gospel According to Luke: An Introduction and Commentary for Tyndale New Testament Commentaries.  The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking world, the 20 volume Tyndale New Testament Commentaries are a trusted resource for Bible study. They are written by some of the world’s most distinguished evangelical scholars and offer clear, reliable and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament. The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation.


8) Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 35a, Luke 1:1-9:20



The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship. John Nolland – Vice Principal and Head of Biblical Studies as well as Lecturer in New Testament Studies at Trinity Collge, Bristol, England – delivers Vol. 35a, Luke 1:1-9:20 for the series.


9) The Gospel of Luke (The New International Greek Testament Commentary)



The 13 volume New International Greek Testament Commentary series was established on the presupposition that the theological character of the New Testament documents calls for exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. Hence, authors make their own scholarly contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text. The text on which these commentaries are based is the UBS Greek New Testament, edited by Kurt Aland and others.  I. Howard Marshall – professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis and honorary research professor at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland – pens the Luke volume.


10) Commentary on the Gospel of Luke



Commentary on the Gospel of Luke.


11) The Gospel of Luke (The New International Commentary on the New Testament)



The New International Commentary on the New Testament provides an exposition of Scripture that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship, yet loyal to Scripture as the Word of God. It is an authoritative guide to the text of Scripture, bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of the Bible. Contributors are gifted writers and scholars who open each commentary with an introduction to the biblical book.  Other features are: a select bibliography, the author’s own translation from the original Hebrew and Greek texts, verse-by-verse comments, in-depth discussions of technical matters and more.  The Luke volume is eloquently delivered by Joel B. Green – professor of New Testament interpretation, associate dean for the Center of Advanced Theological Studies, and dean of the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.


12) New Testament commentary: Exposition of the Gospel according to Luke



William Hendriksen wrote New Testament commentary: Exposition of the Gospel according to Luke for Baker Book House in 1978. At over 1,000 pages, his commentary is very thorough and technical.  He is known as being an excellent reformed commentator.


13) The Message of Luke (Bible Speaks Today)


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The Message of Luke is an excellent, highly readable commentary by retired British pastor Michael Wilcock.  This book is part of the Bible Speaks Today commentary series which embraces a three-prong approach to commentaries: expound the biblical text with accuracy, relate it to contemporary life and to readable. Each contributor in this series is both a noted scholar and a working pastor.


14) Let’s Study Luke (Let’s Study Series)


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The 18 volume Let’s Study series seeks to combine explanation and application. The aim is to explain Scripture as if speaking to a friend.  Published by Banner of Truth, this series is a must for every Christian home.  The Luke volume is written by Douglas J. W. Milne, whose style is warm and approachable.



15) Luke 1:1- 9:50 (Concordia Commentary)


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The 26 volume Concordia Commentaries give a theological exposition of Scripture. The authors are sensitive to Scripture’s rich treasury of language, imagery, and themes and pay careful attention to the original Hebrew and Greek. Additionally, the authors and shed further light on the text from archaeology, history, and extra-biblical literature and apply Scripture’s message to today.  Luke 1:1- 9:50 is written by contributor Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr. – professor of exegetical theology and dean of the chapel at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.


16) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)


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Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin – the French theologian and pastor of Geneva who was one of the principal 16th-century Reformers. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection on both Old and New Testament books with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.






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