How can we be certain that we have understood the message that Luke has presented in his account of Christ’s life? David Gooding asks us to begin by recalling that Luke is an ancient and not a modern historian. A modern historian might compile a list of the things that Jesus did and taught, and then add his own explanations. But Luke has more in common with ancient Greek historians and writers of the historical narratives of the Old Testament. With minimal comment, he has grouped the material about Christ in a way that leads thoughtful readers to discover for themselves the point and purpose of each incident. For Luke is both historian and artist.
It has often been lamented that Christ’s public ministry on earth was so short–lived, and his death at the hands of his enemies a tragedy. But Luke will not have it so. Following Christ’s own statements, he divides his Gospel into two parts: the coming of Christ from glory into our world, and his going back to glory. David Gooding shows that by arranging the events of each part into discreet stages and movements, Luke is proclaiming that Christ was carrying out a definite mission––his going, by way of his cross, resurrection and ascension was as deliberate as his coming.
With a profound understanding of both the Scriptures and the classical world that influenced Luke, this exposition leads us through the artistry of Luke’s presentation. However familiar the terrain of this Gospel, we will find that having an experienced guide makes a difference. By bringing out the significance of the narrative as a whole, David Gooding’s analysis will help us to arrive at a confident understanding of Luke’s message and open up insightful lines of application at each step along the way.
David Gooding is a master Bible analyser and I wish he were better known. His books have been a major influence on me.
It is such a blessing that Myrtlefield House have reprinted several of David's books. They are most helpful in understanding the message of the text. This is helpful to every reader, but it is especially useful for the preacher. When this was out of print I would have told friends to sell their shirt to get a second hand copy, but now you can get a new one cheaply on 10ofthose!
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